Audi and Umicore growing closed-loop recycling for high-voltage batteries; 95%+ restoration of key parts

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Audi and Umicore have efficiently accomplished part certainly one of their strategic analysis cooperation for battery recycling. The 2 companions are growing a closed loop for parts of high-voltage batteries that can be utilized repeatedly. Significantly priceless supplies are set to turn out to be out there in a uncooked supplies financial institution.

Even earlier than the beginning of the cooperation with Umicore in June 2018, Audi had analyzed the batteries within the A3 e-tron plug-in hybrid automotive and outlined methods of recycling. Along with Umicore, the automotive producer then decided the doable recycling charges for battery parts corresponding to cobalt, nickel and copper—in laboratory checks, greater than 95% of those parts could be recovered and reused.

The companions at the moment are growing particular recycling ideas, with the deal with closed-loop method. In such a closed cycle, priceless parts from batteries stream into new merchandise on the finish of their lifecycle and are thus reused. The Ingolstadt-based firm is now making use of this method to the high-voltage batteries within the new Audi e-tron electrical automotive.

The purpose is to achieve insights into the purity of the recovered supplies, recycling charges and the financial feasibility of ideas corresponding to a uncooked supplies financial institution. Safety of provide and shorter supply cycles are the targets.

We wish to be a pioneer and to advertise recycling processes. That is additionally a component of our program to cut back CO2 emissions in procurement.

—Bernd Martens, Member of the Board of Administration for Procurement and IT at Audi

For Audi, battery recycling is a key component of sustainable electrical mobility. From the extraction of uncooked supplies to the CO2-neutral e-tron plant in Brussels to the recycling of parts, Audi is dedicated to environmentally suitable ideas alongside its complete worth chain.

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