A bespoke lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery shredder is installed at WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group) at University of Warwick
Due to be delivered and commissioned by 31 March 2024, the shredder will be based on Recyclus’ industrial scale Li-ion battery recycling plant at Wolverhampton and will enable WMG to shred cells and modules in a safe manner to further advance its research into battery recycling technologies and black mass.
Recyclus’ unique recycling plant has a dry front-end process, which uses an inert atmosphere to safely shred and dry end-of-life Li-ion batteries in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. This protects the environment while producing high-quality shredded battery materials, which can then be sent on for further treatment, including battery metal recovery.
Robin Brundle, Director and Co-founder of Recyclus Group, said: “We are delighted to secure this order to supply a Li-ion battery recycling shredder to WMG using our technology and proven recycling process.”
According to Anwar Sattar, Principal Engineer in Battery Recycling Re-Use and Remanufacture at WMG, as an academic institution, the requirements are unique and the Recyclus system offers the greatest balance of compactness, to be seamlessly integrated into WMG’s laboratory, and robustness to powerfully shred large modules. Upon its delivery, the shredder will provide a significant enhancement to the organisation’s capabilities.
“We are delighted to be working alongside Recyclus to further develop and enhance our battery recycling capabilities,” he says.
Recyclus’ first Wolverhampton Li-ion plant is operational and will be steadily building production volumes over the next 12 months. It is the first industrial-scale Li-ion battery recycling plant in the UK and is permitted to process up to 22,000 tonnes of batteries per year, with the aim to process 8,300 in its first full year of production.