Characterisation & Recycling

The recycling and analysis work stream (WS 2) 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. It will test viable solvo- and mechanical processes for delamination and include a variety of chemical and biochemical routes to regenerate and up-cycle the metal oxide fraction. Close collaboration by the Universities of Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leicester and Liverpool together with the Diamond Light Source will characterise the mechanical and morphological properties of the cell components as a function of age providing an insight into degradation pathways. The work package will demonstrate on a realistic scale, the fast efficient segregation and recovery of LiB materials aiding the circular economy in batteries.