Electric car: Northvolt reaches a milestone in battery recycling

Posted on Nov 16, 2021 8:05 AMUpdated Nov 16, 2021, 8:19 AM

Recycled batteries for electric cars are no longer a sweet dream. Northvolt, a pioneer of “Made in Europe” batteries, has just announced that it has, for the first time, produced a battery cell from 100% recycled nickel, manganese and cobalt. Materials obtained from the treatment of used batteries in its laboratory in Vasteras, Sweden, thanks to a hydrometallurgical process which made it possible to isolate them.

An important step for the recycling division, called Revolt, of the young company supported by Goldman Sachs and Volkswagen. “We have shown that there is a way to manufacture batteries in a closed circuit, preferable to conventional extraction of raw materials,” explained Emma Nehrenheim, who heads the Revolt program. “The recycling process can provide up to 95% of the materials used in a battery, as pure as virgin material,” she continued.

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