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Reuse & Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries

Our Ambition

To improve the EU- wide recycling chain and to add to a secure supply of raw materials through the recovery of valuable materials from waste stream
The ReLiB Project

Our Aim

The aim of the ReLiB project is to establish the Technological, Economic and Legal infrastructure required to optimise the efficiency of material management from Lithium-ion batteries utilised in the automotive sector

Gateway Testing & Dismantling

The Gateway Testing & Dismantling stream of work within the ReLiB project models the actual processes which will be required for a recycling facility to safely and efficiently receive, assess and process vehicle batteries for reuse or recycling at significant scale.

Characterisation & Recycling

The recycling and analysis work stream is focussed on the safe and efficient segregation and repurposing of the battery cell constituents. The aim is to design a process which ensures the most efficient separation of the collectors, active materials, polymers and electrolytes.

Business &
Regulation

The Business and Regulation work stream is investigating the developed processes from across ReLiB, as well as existing processes, in order to quantitatively assess the life cycle, technical and economic requirements and performances of EV Batteries.
What we do

Our Strategy

The infrastructure for recycling lithium-ion batteries from large volumes of end of life EVs has not been developed. With a rise in EV sales, it is time to establish systems for the management of future volumes. To do this, the ReLiB Project Team is working to develop:
Regulation
A review of the regulatory framework for lithium-ion battery management in the UK and an analysis of international regulations, policies and laws that would be relevant
Economic Assessment
An assessment of the relative engineering & economic gains for various 2nd life applications & determination of when useful life has expired & materials should be recycled
Systems
Fully autonomous gateway testing and robotic sorting techniques & development of systems for used battery assessment to determine optimum utilisation
Life Cycle Analysis
The use of life cycle analysis and techno-economic assessment of each recycling route to identify optimum management systems
Characterisation
Of active materials from cells near, & at EoL & recycled materials recovered from used batteries related to chemical composition, particle size & morphology
Material Segregation
The development of recycling technologies to segregate and purify the different materials into a useful form for re-use in batteries or other applications
Reuse & Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries

Workstream Leads

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Dr Simon Lambert

Gateway Testing & Dismantling Lead
Newcastle University
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Professor Andrew Abbott

Characterisation & Recycling Lead
University of Leicester
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Dr Oliver Heidrich

Business & Regulation Lead
Newcastle University
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Key Statistics

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ULEV’s registered for the first time in GB during 2019 (Q3)

* Figures from the Department for Transport

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Government’s 2030 ambition for number of new ULEV sales

* House of Commons Briefing Paper 13/01/2020

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Plug-in cars registered in the UK by end of Dec 2019

* The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders

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School of Metallurgy & Materials

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about the ReLiB project or to
explore collaboration opportunities
Address
Project ReLiB - UoB
Edgbaston B15 2SE
Call us
+44 (0)121 414 5173
Email us
relib@contacts.bham.ac.uk
School of Metallurgy & Materials

Get in Touch

Email or call us to find out more about the ReLiB project or to explore collaboration opportunities
Address
Project ReLiB - UoB
Edgbaston, B15 2SE
Call us
+44 (0)121 414 5173
Email us
relib@contacts.bham.ac.uk
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