Materials technology and recycling company Umicore will introduce a new generation of its proprietary battery recycling technology in 2022, and has reached an agreement with Automotive Cells Company (ACC) to provide battery recycling services.
Umicore says the new generation of its battery recycling technology recovers 95% of the cobalt, nickel and copper from batteries, as well as most of the lithium. The company also says its automated material flow reduces manual handling, which supports process efficiency.
The new technology will be installed at an ACC pilot plant in Nersac, France.
“Our pilot plant in Nersac aims to test all our product and process solutions before mass production in our future Gigafactories. The agreement between ACC for Nersac and Umicore fits perfectly into this framework, allowing us to improve our expertise, locally, regarding the recycling of our production waste,” said Gilles Tardivo, Vice President of ACC’s pilot plant.