Belgian Solvay and French Veolia partner for battery recycling
Belgian chemical group, Solvay, and French specialist in waste management, Veolia, are getting together for better management of lithium-ion battery recycling processes. The two actors are aiming for better recuperation of metals, such as cobalt or lithium.
“I am enthusiastic about our partnership with Veolia, which aims to make circularity another significant step toward cleaner mobility,” said Ilham Kadri, CEO of Solvay. The Belgian chemical group is getting together with Veolia, a French leader in waste management, to enhance lithium-ion battery recycling processes.
“By joining forces, Veolia and Solvay are helping to develop the recycling value chain and the production of strategic raw materials for the manufacture of new batteries. If today the essential components of batteries are mainly imported, tomorrow they will be regenerated in Europe,” says Antoine Frérot, CEO of Veolia.
While electric cars don’t produce emissions to move about, the production of their batteries is still a black spot in their ‘green’ perception. However, batteries can be recycled, thus ensuring a less polluting extraction. Recycling, however, presents some issues. At the moment, the recycling sector is not equal to the production of batteries and the growing demand.
That is precisely why the two neighbors decided to get together. Veolia is already active in the sector with its East France plant that dismantles electric cars’ batteries since 2013. Belgian Solvay comes in to help to optimize the purification process for the recuperation of rare metals such as cobalt or lithium.
This new venture paves the way to Europe’s battery production with, on one part, the ‘Airbus of batteries’ for the production and, on the other, the recycling lead by companies such as Belgian Umicore and now Solvay for the recycling and recuperation of rare metals.