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Veolia announces its first electric vehicle battery recycling plant in UK

'Urban mining'could unlock UK’s lithium-ion battery reserves

Mark Moran
10 January 2022
Gavin Graveson
Gavin Graveson

 

Resource management company Veolia will be opening an electric vehicle battery recycling facility in the UK.

The facility will have the capacity to process 20% of the UK’s end of life electric vehicle batteries by 2024.

Many of the materials required for battery manufacturing rely on traditional water and energy intensive processes. It is estimated that 500,000 gallons of water is required to extract one tonne of lithium using this type of mining. 'Urban mining', or the use of recycled...

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