Disposing of old lithium-ion batteries from electric cars is not an easy task. This requires technology and serious financial investments. It is impossible to do without the construction of factories. The UK is already addressing this issue. The new Northfleet plant will be able to process approximately 10,000 tons of lithium-ion batteries annually.
Battery startup Britishvolt has announced a partnership with mining company Glencore. They will create an entire ecosystem for recycling old batteries.
The new joint venture is scheduled to open by mid-2023 near Northfleet in Kent at Glencore Britannia Refined Metals, formerly the largest coal-fired plant in the country. The new facility will be powered by 100% renewable energy sources and will process at least 10,000 tons of lithium-ion batteries per year.
The recycling will include both old batteries and battery waste from the Britishvolt Gigafactory in Blyth. The construction of the latter has been underway since September last year. During the implementation of the project, it is planned not only to create new jobs, but also to develop innovative technologies for processing lithium-ion batteries.
Startup Britishvolt recently secured £1.7bn funding from investment firms Trixtax and Abrdn to build a battery plant in the North East of England, as well as around £100m from the UK government’s Automotive Transformation Fund. By 2028, the northeast plant will be able to produce enough batteries to produce 300,000 vehicles annually.