Altilium partners with Enva

UK-based clean technology group Altilium has partnered with recycling firm Enva for the collection and recycling of EV batteries in the UK.

The partnership brings together Enva’s nationwide collection infrastructure and extensive relationships with car dealerships, along with Altilium’s expertise in the recycling of old EV batteries and recovery of critical materials, including lithium. The partnership aims to create a circular economy for battery minerals in the UK.

Under the memorandum of understanding, the two firms will work together to explore several key initiatives, including the safe handling and collection of EV batteries from across the UK for recycling using Altilium’s EcoCathodeTM process.

Using advanced hydrometallurgical recycling processes, Altilium can recover over 95% of the battery metals, in a format that can be directly reused in the production of new batteries.

The arrangement benefits Altilium by eliminating the need to establish its own collection infrastructure and direct relationships with multiple waste producers and automotive OEMs.

The partnership will also provide feed for Altilium’s Teesside refinery (ACT 4) – a planned facility refining lithium-ion waste to battery-ready Cathode Active Materials (CAM) for direct reuse in new battery production.

The plant will have the capacity to recycle waste batteries from 150,000 EVs a year, producing 30,000 MT of CAM, enough to meet 20% of the expected UK demand by 2030.

Michael Sneath, Managing Director of Enva’s Lubricants and Batteries Division, said:

“Expert handling and storage of this potentially hazardous material is paramount. This collaboration will solve an emerging problem for our customers, enhancing the UK’s recycling capabilities and contributing to the circular economy by transforming used batteries into valuable raw materials for new batteries.”

Rod Savage, Altilium’s Program Director for End-of-Life Batteries, said:

“By leveraging Enva’s collection network and our processing expertise, we aim to set a new standard in battery recycling, ensuring maximum recovery of materials and supporting the growth of the EV market in an environmentally responsible way.”

Image from Altilium and Enva

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