By 2030, the variety of electrical automobiles on the street worldwide is anticipated to rise to 100 million, from 10 million right this moment. Guaranteeing entry to responsibly sourced uncooked supplies to maintain up with this progress is a strategic problem for Europe.
Veolia, Groupe Renault, and Solvay began a brand new kind of collaboration within the electrical car battery worth chain with the objective to protect sources, cut back carbon emissions and create worth. With their partnership, introduced within the first half of 2021, they’re combining their experience to recycle the metals in electrical car batteries in a closed loop.
Groupe Renault is contributing on this collaboration with its experience in electrical car battery life cycle administration, Solvay with its experience within the chemical extraction of battery metals, and Veolia with its 10 years of expertise in dismantling and recycling lithium-ion batteries through a hydrometallurgical course of. The consortium created in September 2020 between Veolia and Solvay is strengthened with the addition of automotive experience by way of Groupe Renault.
The three companions purpose to create a safe and sustainable supply of provide for cobalt, nickel and lithium. They’re leveraging their respective experience at every step of the worth chain – from assortment of end-of-life batteries to dismantling, steel extraction and purification – and by enhancing present hydrometallurgical recycling processes. With Solvay and Veolia’s applied sciences, strategic supplies will likely be extracted and purified into high-purity materials able to be reused in new batteries, thereby decreasing their environmental footprint by way of this closed loop. Groupe Renault, Veolia and Solvay are dedicated to establishing a pre-industrial demo plant in France.
Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault, declared: “Groupe Renault has a holistic strategy to the battery life cycle: repairing first-life batteries to increase their automotive lifespan, creating second-life purposes for vitality storage and establishing a system for gathering and recycling batteries. At present, we’re proud to strengthen our dedication to battery recycling by becoming a member of forces with Veolia and Solvay. We purpose at implementing modern and low-carbon battery recycling options to pave the best way to sustainable sourcing for strategic battery supplies as electrical mobility is rising. Collectively, we’ll leverage our robust presence on the whole EV worth chain in Europe to take a aggressive place within the battery supplies market and generate worth past our core enterprise.”
Antoine Frérot CEO of Veolia, commented: “Given the magnitude of the environmental points the world is going through, ecological transformation is an pressing want. With Groupe Renault becoming a member of Veolia and Solvay, we’re collectively taking a step additional in the direction of closed-loop options to protect pure sources. This reveals how firms working collectively can assume up and implement new options that each higher the environment and renew our economies.”
Ilham Kadri, CEO of Solvay Group, added: “This consortium is a superb instance of partnership within the worth chain that makes round financial system come true for battery metals. We’re thrilled to have Groupe Renault be a part of the consortium and think about them as a strategic associate in closing the loop of circularity, bringing enter materials for recycling and re-injecting purified metals into the battery cycle. This undertaking exemplifies how we stroll the speak with our Solvay One Planet sustainability street map as we purpose to greater than double revenues generated in a round financial system by 2030.”