The Montan-Stiftung-Saar and the recycling specialist Roth International GmbH have signed a letter of intent (LOI).The companies want to advance the development of a technology partnership in the field of battery recycling.The aim of the cooperation is to establish a sustainable raw material cycle in the region.
Recycling old batteries
According to the Fraunhofer Institute, around 50 kilotons of old batteries are recycled in Europe every year.A quantity that will increase significantly in the coming years.The technology partnership between the Montan Foundation Saar and Roth International is a first step towards setting up battery recycling in Saarland.In addition to technical cooperation, the cooperation also includes joint sales and research activities. The Industry Foundation is planning the gradual establishment of sustainable recycling of lithium-ion batteries.The focus here is on vehicle batteries.In the first stage, the construction of a plant for dismantling, crushing, and sorting is planned.Investments will then also be made in the further processing of the recycling product.
Equipment of the new plant
The new plant will be technologically equipped in such a way that production scrap from battery production can also be recycled. This makes it an industrially sensible addition to the new settlements of the battery cell manufacturer ACC (Automotive Cells Company) and the automotive supplier SVOLT Energy Technology Europe in the region.
“We are pleased to have found a competent partner for this forward-looking project in Roth International. With the technology partnership, the Montan-Stiftung-Saar lays the foundation for a sustainable circular economy in the region. This promotes the change towards a stable and sustainable economic region and creates future-oriented jobs”, says Reinhard Störmer, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Montan-Stiftung-Saar.
The technology partnership in the field of battery recycling consistently continues the innovation strategy of the "InnovationsCluster 4.0" launched by the Montan Foundation Saar last year. The close networking between science and economy within the framework of the initiative will promote the establishment of a sustainable raw material cycle in Saarland and make it successful, since battery and recycling technologies are currently in a strong development phase.