Recirculate introduces business models for circular battery economy


The new Recirculate project aims to create new business models for the repair, reuse and recycling of second-life batteries. Eleven companies are involved in the €4.9 million EU-funded project, which started this month.

The consortium will work for three years to create more advanced dismantling and sorting technologies for battery recycling and a marketplace for e-mobility. Among the best-known project participants are Ford Otosan and DHL, as well as manufacturers of advanced technologies in the fields of AI, intelligent logistics solutions and blockchain technology.

In Recirculate, several strands of technology are to be intertwined, specifically artificial intelligence for automated dismantling, smart logistics systems for the storage and transport of batteries and battery materials, and blockchain technology for tracking important battery data and creating a battery marketplace. The latter is intended to “enable the creation of new circular business models for repair, reuse, and recycling of second-life batteries”, according to an accompanying statement.

The project is coordinated by Centria University of Applied Sciences, which will also develop an AI and robotic battery disassembly system. Ford Otosan is providing various batteries for the project and is involved in the development of a standardised battery labelling system. DHL is responsible for the safe transport and storage of packs, modules and cells as part of Recirculate, addressing both technical and legal aspects. The other project participants are Probot, Minespider, Eco Stor, Fundacio Eurecat, Libattion, Dafo Vehicle Fire Protection, Iconiq Innovation Limited and Iconiq Innovation Spain and the Swiss CSEM.


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