New routes towards Sustainable Reuse & Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries (RHINOCEROS)
Euopean Union (Grant Agreement No. 101069685)
ARKEMA FRANCE SA (ARK), TES RECUPYL SAS (TES), WATT4EVER SRL/BV, Leitat Technological Center – Managing Technologies, VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V. (VITO), CHALMERS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (CHA), UNIVERSITETET I AGDER (UiA), Sapienza University of Rome (UoS), PNO INNOVATION, FORD OTOMOTIV SANAYI ANONIM SIRKETI (FORD), LEVERTONHELM LIMITED
New routes towards Sustainable Reuse & Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries (LIBs)
The project RHINOCEROS adresses the reuse of batteries and direct production of high-performance cathodic and anodic materials and other raw materials from batteries recycling using low-cost and environmentally friendly technologies.
Building on existing knowledge and previously developed robotic systems, the project will demonstrate a smart sorting and dismantling robot, enabling the automation of a battery repurposing production line. When direct reuse and repurposing of batteries is not possible, RHINOCEROS will investigate several ground-breaking circular recycling routes aiming at the recovery of all materials present in LIBs (e.g., metals, graphite, fluorinated compounds, electrolytes, polymers, and active materials).
The RHINOCEROS project fits into the current framework presented by the European Commission in January 2022, which sets batteries as key instruments in the rollout of zero-emission mobility and the storage of intermittent renewable energy.