May 23, 2019
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.
In Finland, we have significant research and expertise in the field, and when BATCircle brings these together, we have a really good chance to find solutions, Lundström says.
In this project, Aalto University invests particularly in the research of battery recycling. Aalto University researchers have a great deal of experience and competence in the mechanical, pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes of battery metals. Pyrometallurgy refers to high-temperature melting processes, and hydrometallurgy means dissolving metals in, for example, acids, and recovering the residue metals. In addition, researchers focus on the structures of lithium-ion battery metals and assessment of electrochemical performance.