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Veolia and Solvay partner to renew the life cycle for electric car batteries

A new consortium is born, creating a circular value eco-system for electric and hybrid vehicle batteries in Europe by enabling the reuse of scarce critical raw materials

Veolia and Solvay are pleased to announce their partnership on a circular economy consortium to offer new solutions that promise better resource efficiency for critical metals used in lithium-ion electric vehicle (EV) batteries.

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With the number of electric vehicles on the road expected to grow from 8 million in 2020 to 116 million by 2030, ensuring stable access to raw materials is a strategic challenge. Furthermore, materials used today in EV batteries are not always recovered at their maximum value.

Veolia and Solvay, through its subsidiary SARP Industries, are already actively engaged in discussions with a car manufacturer and battery cell producers, to coordinate, collaborate and leverage on respective technologies and core competences at each step of the value chain - from access and spent battery feedstock to dismantling, metal extraction and purification.

In its recycling plant in eastern France, Veolia has already been dismantling batteries for electric vehicles since 2013. The combination of mechanical and hydrometallurgical processes makes it possible to treat the active cells and extract the active metals. These metals are then used by industry and transformed into new materials.

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I am truly excited about our partnership with Veolia, aiming to take circularity another meaningful step forward towards cleaner mobility. At Solvay, our technologies will bring new life to batteries at the end of their cycle. Our unique know-how combining Speciality Polymers, Composites and Mining solutions together with Veolia’s unique experience in waste management is a fantastic opportunity to build a greener battery ecosystem.
Ilham Kadri
Solvay CEO

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