Resource recovery business Axion has joined forces with Aspire Engineering and Aceleron in an initiative aimed at reusing and recycling the growing volume of batteries used in electric vehicles and light automotive applications.
Aspire is a specialist in sustainable circular economy remanufacturing, reuse, recycle engineering and manufacturing while Aceleron is a lithium-ion battery reuse specialist.
The trio will tackle the growing market of e-vehicle battery systems at the end of initial life. They will also address the large number of cells from end-of-life portable electronic equipment.
As part of the service, batteries will be processed for remanufacturing, reuse and recycling by Aspire, tested and repurposed for second-life applications by Aceleron and recycled by Axion.
Axion said it was estimated that in the UK there could be more than 100,000 end-of-life batteries from e-vehicles that will need recycling or reusing during the next decade.
It added that its collaboration service was aimed at cell suppliers and battery pack manufacturers, as well as manufacturers of e-vehicles and power storage units.
A joint facility based at Axion’s recycling sites in Manchester will receive and assess batteries collected from customers. Those with a usable life remaining will be remanufactured or reused in a variety of applications by Aspire or Aceleron, with the rest recycled by Axion.
Axion head of engineering and research Sam Haig said: “Combining the skills of all three companies opens up a more cost-effective end-of-life route by recovering batteries that still have a useful life, and extracts more value that can be passed on to clients.”