Resource recovery company Axion has joined forces with two partners in a project aimed at reusing and recycling batteries used in electric vehicles and light automotive applications.
The initiative with Aspire Engineering and Aceleron will fight the growing market of electric vehicle battery systems at the end of initial life and address the larger quantity of cells from end-of-life portable electronic equipment.
According to Axion, in the UK alone, it is estimated that there could be more than 100,000 end-of-life batteries from electric vehicles that will need recycling or re-using over the next decade.
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The three companies are offering a full service for end-of-life lithium-ion batteries that will address the previously energy-intensive issues associated with recycling these types of materials.
These batteries will be processed for remanufacturing, reuse and recycling by Aspire, then rested and repurposed for second-life by Aceleron and recycled by Axion.
This service is aimed at cell suppliers, battery pack manufacturers and manufacturers of electric vehicles and power storage units.
Axion head of engineering and research Sam Haig said: “Combining the skills of all three companies opens up a more cost-effective end-of-life route by recovering batteries that still have a useful life and extracts more value that can be passed onto clients.”
Aceleron chief executive Amrit Chandan said: “Applying Aceleron’s battery testing and repurposing technology with Aspire’s remanufacturing knowledge and Axion’s ability to efficiently recycle really provides single point of service value for battery users and vehicle OEMs across the UK.”
Aspire managing director Ian Briggs said: “This venture brings together a strategic alignment of three companies which have the same goal and same environmental and sustainable ethos. This connection is bound by morals for a cleaner environment and a sustainable future.”