British battery recycling business Recyclus Group has announced it is fully licensed to process 22,000 tonnes of lithium-ion batteries each year.
The processing, which is equivalent to more than 48,000 electric vehicle batteries, will be at its LiBatt facility in Wolverhampton – the UK’s first industrial-scale lithium-ion battery recycling centre.
The centre opened in July and has successfully completed its commissioning phase, with forecasts of 8,300 tonnes of batteries to be recovered in year one and plans to scale up to three shifts by 2025, enabling fulfilment of its 22,000-tonne licensed capacity.
The battery recycling facility is compatible with all lithium-ion battery chemistries and can also process lithium metal.
The site is also able to provide storage for up to 100 tonnes of lithium-ion batteries (equivalent to around 200 EV batteries) and offers a full ADR certified nationwide collection service with its business partner Slicker to ensure the safe transport and storage of battery waste.
Robin Brundle, Director and Co-Founder of Recyclus Group, said: “Having successfully completed the commissioning phase, we are now able to commence commercial operations which represents a significant step towards the realisation of our planned processing rate.
“By using cutting-edge recycling solutions at our facility, we aim to tackle the challenge of spent batteries, playing a pivotal role in the electrification transition and forging a sustainable circular economy in the UK”.