cartif projects

FREE4LIB

Feasible recovery of critical raw materials through a new circular ecosystem for a li-ion battery cross-value chain in Europe.

Description

FREE4LIB aims to develop at TRL 5-6 technologies to achieve 6 new sustainable and efficient processes to recycle end-of-life (EOL) LIBs (dismantling, pre-treatment and 4 materials recovery processes) delivering very innovative recycling solutions to reach highly efficient materials recovery (metal oxides, metals and polymers) improving the supply of secondary resources at EU level.

FREE4LIB also will deliver technologies to improve 3 processes aiming at metals and polymers re-using and electrode synthesis on the same value chain as secondary raw materials for re-manufacturing greener batteries, and it will study options to harness on-reusable elements in other fields. FREE4LIB will also deliver a methodology based on the Battery Passport principles to improve processes traceability.

Objectives

  • Develop until TRL 3-4, 13 innovative technologies for recycling different Li-battery chemistries and 8 innovative technologies for recovered materials re-using and explore options to harness non-reusable elements in other fields.
  • Develop 8 optimised unit solutions at pilot scale for maximixing re-using, re-purposing and re-conditioning of different LIB chemistries and materials ensuring viability of the technologies at TRL 5-6.
  • Design new Li-batteries based on Design for Recycling (DfR) approach.
  • Deployment of Battery Passport by analysing and evaluating data from LIBs.
  • Evaluation of environmental and socio-economic impacts, health risks and safety hazards of the new proposed process for material recovery through LCA/LCC and critical risks identification. 

Actions

  • Technical coordination and project management.
  • Research on an ultrasonication process for cathodes delamination.
  • Research on 2 direct recycling technologies: hydrotermal and electrochemical relithiation processes.
  • Environmental life cycle and circularity assessment and techno-economic, hazard and operability study of recycling technologies. 

Expected Results

  • Develop an ultrasonication delamination process from 3 to 5 TRL.
  • Develop a direct recycling technology from 3 to 5 TRL.
  • Produce healed electrode and paste cathodes for its re-use on new batteries.

R&D Line

Research on metal recovery processes from batteries, brine, electronic and other waste streams and equipment.

Partners

Horizon Europe

Nº 101069890

H2020

Total Budget: 9,283,175 €
CARTIF Grant: 882,825€
CARTIF Funding: 882,825€
Duration: 01/09/2022 – 30/09/2026

Responsible

Juan Castro

AP Division

juacas@cartif.es

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