Cesvimap (Mapfre) participates in a European project to recover batteries from electric vehicles


Mapfre’s mobility laboratory, Cesvimap, participates in the Horizon Europe program through the ‘Batraw’ project, which has funding of 10 million euros and aims to recycle batteries recovered from electric vehicles, which can no longer be reused, and to recover your materials.

Thus, the carbon footprint linked to electromobility would be reduced, thanks to the action on the manufacture of batteries. 17 other relevant partners, from seven different countries, make up the project.

Cesvirecambios, the authorized center for the treatment of end-of-life vehicles, will provide the task force with decommissioned electric vehicle batteries and the technology it has developed for dismantling, repairing and replacing batteries.

As an electrified vehicle specialist, you will develop optimized methods for dismantling batteries, providing ideas for their design, reuse and recycling.

The four-year “Batraw” project is in line with the objectives of the proposal for a European regulation on batteries and battery waste. This regulation, currently under discussion, would require that all batteries sold on the European market, including those for electric and hybrid vehicles, be sustainably managed at the end of their life and serve as a source of secondary raw materials for sectors such as the automotive industry and renewable energies and low-carbon technologies.

It includes two pilot tests with electric vehicle batteries, although these can be extended, depending on the results, to other types of batteries, including domestic ones, to recover all the metals and materials they contain ( cobalt, nickel, manganese, lithium, graphite, aluminum and copper).

Key information captured during the project will be made available to all interested parties via a digital battery passport, stored on the blockchain.

The initiative, which began on May 1 with the first meeting of the consortium, includes a first phase focused on the development of eco-design guidelines promoting the repair and dismantling of batteries, as well as good practices for handling. and the safe transportation of such waste.

The project will also create a battery prototype from reclaimed raw materials and a digital battery passport to capture and communicate key information throughout its lifecycle, including sourcing, processing, reuse and recycling. components.

In a final phase, the partners will analyze the feasibility of a business plan for the exploitation on a European scale of these new battery dismantling and recycling processes. Policy recommendations based on the project results will also be developed to enrich ongoing regulatory developments.

It has a total budget of €13.2 million, of which €10.2 million is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe Framework Programme, the main EU funding program for research and innovation for 2021-2027.

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