Umicore partners with ABB FIA Formula E Championship to implement battery recycling program.

Umicore, a SINReM core partner deeply involved in the course on Resource Recovery Technologies set to work with Formula E to recycle the battery cells used to power the fully-electric racing cars.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has today announced a new partnership with Umicore – the Belgian materials technology and recycling group – as official battery recycling partner, to recycle the lithium-ion battery units and cells used during the first two seasons of the electric street racing series.

The Formula E batteries from seasons one and two, created by Williams Advanced Engineering, have been collected and are in the process of being recycled by Umicore. The process comprises of sorting, dismantling and recycling with valuable metals being carefully recovered using proprietary and unique smelting technology followed by hydrometallurgical treatment.

The metals in the battery are infinitely recyclable without losing their properties. After collection the batteries are taken apart using methods to ensure the environment is not exposed to hazardous compounds. Recycling includes the recovery of the metals and their transformation into metal alloys that will be used again in new rechargeable batteries or other products. Umicore is one of only a few companies worldwide to offer a complete recycling journey. Its unique ‘closed loop’ approach for lithium-ion rechargeable batteries ensures there is minimal waste or impact on the environment, which will be vital as the adoption of electric vehicles becomes more mainstream. Umicore is a pioneer in providing customers in the rechargeable battery value chain with materials of a certified clean and ethical origin. The company has been ranked seventh in the 2019 top-100 of the world’s most sustainable companies published by Corporate Knights.

Official press release:

https://www.umicore.com/en/media/press/umicore-partners-with-abb-fia-formula-e-championship-to-implement-battery-recycling-program