Axion has announced that is it undertaking further research into increasing recycled aluminium content in new vehicles, as part of a new £2 million collaborative project led by Jaguar Land Rover.
The research is part of REcycled ALuminium Through Innovative TechnologY (REALITY), and will run for three years.
Axion will be working with partners to focus on techniques for sorting and separating specialist alloys from aluminium derived from end-of-life vehicles.
REALITY, which is partly funded by Innovate UK, is an extension of the REALCAR projects (REcycled ALuminium CAR), which was launched in 2008 to create a closed-loop process for post-industrial aluminium scrap from its vehicle manufacturing.
REALCAR allowed Jaguar Land Rover to recover more than 75,000 tonnes of aluminium scrap and re-use it in the production process in 2016/17, and it is hoped that REALITY with add to its success.
Axion head of circular economy Richard McKinlay said: “The REALITY project will refine the process of turning aluminium from ‘end-of-life’ cars into new vehicles. It will continue to deliver significant sustainability benefits, with aluminium recycling requiring up to 95% less energy than primary aluminium production.”
According to Axion, the research will examine the technical and economic viability of separation techniques or many non-ferrous metals, from the scrap aluminium and for separating the various aluminium alloys from each other.
It will further analyse and improve sensor-based sorting technologies alongside working with Novelis, Norton Aluminium, Warwick Manufacturing Group, Brunel University and Innoval Technology.
Richard McKinlay added: “This ground-breaking research will contribute towards the development of the circular economy for the automotive sector and enhanced environmental performance. Innovations in the sorting and separating technologies applied to automotive end-of-life waste streams will also help other sectors, including packaging and construction.”