Battery Recycling Research in Finland and Europe

Battery Recycling Research in Finland and Europe

Presenter: Dr. Pertti Kauranen
Co-authors: Mari Lundström, Pyry Hannula, Ilkka Kojo
Title: Battery Recycling Research in Finland and Europe
Affiliation: Aalto University


Finland has launched a 22 M€ project titled Finland-based Circular Economy of Battery Metals (BATCircle). BATCircle is coordinated by Aalto University and includes 22 companies, 2 cities and 6 research organizations. The project scope ranges from geometallurgy and mining through metal refining and chemical production to recycling and business ecosystems. The recycling part comprises mechanical as well as pyro and hydro metallurgical unit processes, and flow sheet optimization of the total operations. A special focus is in the integration of the secondary materials with the primary metal processing and assessment of critical level of impurities at different stages.
Aalto University and Outotec have been invited to coordinate battery recycling research at European level within the SET Plan and recently launched European Technology and Innovation Platform (ETIP) which is foreseen to become the R&D arm of the European Battery Alliance.
The status of these collaborations will be presented.

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Pertti Kauranen
Dr. Pertti Kauranen has a Doctor of Technology degree in engineering physics and electrochemistry from Helsinki University of Technology, completed in 1996. He has been working on development of materials, components, devices and applications for electrochemical energy conversion and storage ever since. The devices comprise polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) and direct methanol fuels, PEM electrolyzes as well as Li-ion, redox flow and metal-air batteries. The industrial employers include a Finnish battery start up and a major German chemical supplier, the academic ones VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University. He is currently, among others, coordinating the European cooperation under the Finnish BATCircle project.