RECYCLING
BATTERIES

Led by Aalto University, the Finland based circular ecosystem of battery metals consortium (BATCircle in short) aims at improving the manufacturing processes of mining industry, metals industry and battery chemicals, and to increase the recycling of lithium-ion batteries. Its goal is to strengthen the cooperation between companies and research organisations in Finland, and to find new business opportunities.

Joint industry-academia project

• 4 universities
• 2 research centers
• 8 large companies
• 14 SMEs
• 2 cities
• 21 M€ budget

Key topics

• Sustainable primary resources
• Value addition in metal refining
• Battery recycling
• Precursors and active materials
• Circular business ecosystems

Consortium:

Aalto University, Oulu University, University of Eastern Finland, LUT University, Geological Survey of Finland, VTT research, Boliden ltd, Finnish Minerals Group, Fortum, Freeport Cobalt, Outotec, Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta, AkkuSer, CrisolteQ, FENNOSCANDIAN Resources, Ima Engineering, Keliber, Latitude 66, Magsort, Mawson, Mine On-Line Service, Mondo Minerals, Suhanko Arctic Platinum, Teraloop, Tracegrow, Vulcan Hautalampi, City of Harjavalta, City of Pori

NEWS

BATCircle greetings brought into the tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) and fourth Mission Innovation (MI-4) Ministerial on May 27th-29th, 2019, Vancouver

I had the honor of being a delegate in the official ministerial delegation of Finland (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment) in the tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) and the fourth Mission Innovation (MI4) Ministerial on May 27th-29th 2019 in Vancouver.

Aalto Hydromet and BATCircle a Big Hit at WCEF2019

Members of prof. Mari Lundström’s Hydromet research group recently attended the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF 2019) that was held in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki from 3rd to 4th June as part of a joint initiative between Aalto Sustainability Hub (ASH) and Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS).

Finland-based Circular Ecosystem of Battery Metals - BATCircle

The production of lithium ion batteries is quickly growing due to their use in electrical vehicles and consumer electronics. This trend necessitates a large increase in raw materials production, such as Ni, Co, Li and Mn, in the coming years.

ABOUT

Both the European Union and the Finnish Government have recently recognized the strategic importance and enormous business potential of metals related to energy storage, specifically lithium-ion batteries and their value chain. As the battery industry is currently dominated by Asian-based conglomerates, there is a real risk that Europe is missing out on new business opportunities, whilst simultaneously becoming ever more dependent on the foreign supply of both raw materials and end products. As far as Finland is concerned, the Finnish mining sector is producing battery metals like copper, nickel, cobalt and zinc, and the metallurgical industries are refining raw materials sourced both domestically and imported from worldwide. In 2015, it was estimated that the revenue of the battery metal related industries was about 600 M€ and the level is increasing year on year.

The key objective of the BATCircle project is to find ways of adding value to the battery metals sector. This will be achieved by more efficient screening and utilization of the domestic mineral resources, enhancement of the metal refining processes, more efficient recycling of battery metals, improved co-operation between the companies and research organizations as well as through the identification of new business opportunities between partners. The BATCircle consortium comprises four universities (Aalto, University of Oulu, University of Eastern Finland, Lappeenranta University of Technology), two research centres (GTK, VTT), eight large companies, 14 SMEs and two cities. The cooperation is expected to lead to the formation of a domestic battery metals ecosystem that follows the principles of circular economy.

NEWS

May 23, 2019
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More Recycling and Business Worth Billions to the Battery Sector

Business Finland has granted BATCircle (Finland-based Circular Ecosystem of Battery Metals) consortium approximately 10 million euros funding. Led by Aalto University, the BATCircle consortium aims at improving the manufacturing processes of mining industry, metals industry and battery chemicals, and to increase the recycling of lithium-ion batteries. Its goal is to strengthen the cooperation between companies and research organisations, and to find new business opportunities.

According to the EU, the battery market’s value may increase to 250 billion euros by 2025. The objective of BATCircle consortium is to create a market worth at least five billion euros in Finland. A particularly large amount of unused potential can be found in the recycling of batteries.

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June 12, 2019

Finland-based Circular Ecosystem of Battery Metals - BATCircle

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May 23, 2019

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THE BATTERY INDUSTRY

May 23, 2019

FICTIONAL NEWS

May 14, 2019

CONTACT

Aalto University
Principal Investigator
Mari Lundström
mari.lundstrom@aalto.fi

Aalto University
Project manager
Pyry Hannula
pyry.hannula@aalto.fi

Aalto University
EU-Project manager
Pertti Kauranen
pertti.kauranen@aalto.fi

LUT University
Tuomo Sainio
tuomo.sainio@lut.fi

Geological Survey of Finland
Pekka Tuomela
pekka.tuomela@gtk.fi

University of Oulu
Ulla Lassi
ulla.lassi@oulu.fi

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Lotta Rintala
lotta.rintala@vtt.fi

University of Eastern Finland
Jorma Jokiniemi
jorma.jokiniemi@uef.fi

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THE ECOSYSTEM

Many Finnish companies are involved in the BATCircle project.
Click on the link below to see how is part of the ecosystem.