DEMOBASE

(2017 – 2021)

DEMOBASE, an EU founded project lunched in October 2017, aims to cut down development and testing efforts for e-drivetrains at least by a factor 2 and to improve their efficiency by 20%. Several improvements and concepts from cell level to vehicle level are introduced into the project in order to achieve the high safety standard and increase the production efficiency. R&D activities from 11 partners will be carried out for an urban prototype vehicle which will be demonstrated at the end of the project.

Accurec’s contribution within the DEMOBASE project is devoting to recycling-actions of End- of-life traction battery packs. Safety risks of End-of-life traction batteries in waste stream, namely during transportation, dismantling, cell recycling process, are studied to ensure the highest safety standard. Moreover, Accurec investigates on the state of the art Li-ion batteryrecycling processes and develops a recycling simulation tools which calculate the theoreticalrecycling efficiency with considering the process cost, environmental impact and safety. Accu-rec participates also in the automotive battery pack design phase by giving recommendations from recycler point of view.

For more information, please visit project website: https://www.demobase-project.eu

Crocodile

(2018 – 2022)

CROCODILE is a 12Mio€ EU-funded project, launched 1st of June 2018, focusing develop-ment of innovative metallurgical systems based on advanced pyro-, hydro-, bio-, ionic- and electrometallurgy technologies for the recovery of cobalt from a wide range of primary and secondary European resources. CROCODILE brings together 24 participants, medium sized specialized companies but also global players like Glencore, Freeport or Stena as well as public institutions to demonstrate the synergetic approaches along the value chain of Cobalt.

First of all, secondary sources of Cobalt – like batteries, WEEE, alloys, catalysts etc. – are identi-fied, investigated and collected exemplary. In a relevant scale, they are pretreated and concen-trated by different participants and physical technologies, before the cobalt is extracted from intermediate product by an innovative mobile hydrometallurgical deep-eutectic solvent. Primary laterite concentrates are feeded to a newly developed bio-leaching system. Both streams are then forwarded to different electro winning processes, which target an improved yield and cost optimization. The concerted treatment activities approach a better reintegration of secondary Co-sources, higher efficiency in Co extraction from primary ores, flexible intermediate treatment and concentration processes as well improvement refining processes, to reduce significantly the potential supply risk of Co for the European industry in future.

For more information, please visit project website: https://h2020-crocodile.eu

LISA

(2019 – 2022)

LISA, standing for “LIthium sulphur for SAfe road electrification”, a 43-months research and development project, has been granted 7.9M€ by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program . The main goal of LISA is to develop an innovative Lithium chemistry with hybrid solid state electrolytes (SSEs) validated according to UN38.3 and EUCAR standards and ready for integration in automotive battery packs. The project directly builds on the results of the ALISE project (http://www.aliseproject.com) in which more than hundred pouch cells (290 Wh/kg, 240 Wh/L, 12.5 Ah) have been produced, and a first module for PHEV has been built containing 82 Lithium Sulphur cells. LISA aims to reach new performance levels of 450 Wh/kg and 700 Wh/L at costs < 70 € k/Wh at cell level positioning LiS technology in-line with EU SET Plan Action 7 targets on batteries for e-mobility. Moreover, with Renault and VDL Group on-board, prominent European OEMs for BEVs and e-bus, the technology will not only be developed and evaluated for light duty vehicles (LDVs), but also for medium duty transport applications (i.e. e-bus) with the main focus on fully electric drivetrains, i.e. BEVs. 

The LISA consortium covers the full battery value chain for electromobility and includes raw material suppliers, component manufacturers, cell manufacturers, integrators, OEMs and a recycling company. The consortium has a balanced profile of 2 universities (Cranfield University, Technische Universität Dresden), 3 RTOs (Leitat, Fraunhofer IWS, CIC Energigune), 4 SMEs (OXIS Energy, Pulsedeon, Accurec, Optimat) and 4 large enterprises (Varta Micro Battery, Arkema, VDL, Renault), and includes the only European LiS cell manufacturer with commercially operating production plant (OXIS Energy). In LISA, Accurec will develop and demonstrate an efficient Li-S battery recycling process in respect of energy consumption, cost and recycling efficiency. To achieve the target, key technologies including low-temperature (e.g. cryogenic) pre-treatment, mechanical separation and hydrometallurgical treatment for lithium recovery are proposed and will be validated. Additionally, Accurec will support the environmental and economical assessment for the Li-S technology.

More details in project website: https://www.lisaproject.eu