BatteReverse aims to develop the technologies, processes, and partnerships necessary to build a reverse logistics (RL) value chain for batteries, from end-of-first-life to decision-making on their future use. The project consortium strives to lower costs and time consumption, while ensuring maximum safety, efficiency, and sustainability. In order to do so, BatteReverse project partners are working on the following innovations:
Battery assessment: We're creating a faster and more precise techniques for battery discharge, first SoX assessment and evaluation of remaining usefult life using acoustic testing and machine learning algorithms.
Safety packaging: We're working to increase the safety of Li-ion battery transportation by designing a monitoring system integrated into safe packaging to minimise thermal runaway risks.
Automated dismantling: Our team is developing advanced, precise methods for automated dismantling and sorting of battery components via human-robot collaboration.
Battery Data Space: We're developing a comprehensive system with standardised labelling and battery passport functionalities to streamline battery identification and data sharing among stakeholders.
These innovations will be demonstrated in two use cases involving the recycling and repurposing of end-of-first-life electric vehicle batteries. The use cases will be replicated within a digital twin simulation, with insights gained from this process informing an industrial pilot for next-generation RL processes. Ultimately, BatteReverse's innovations aim to validate and optimise the RL value chain.
By 2030, an estimated 1.7 million tonnes of batteries will have reached the end of their 1st life. Initiatives must be carried out to give them 2nd or even 3rd lives, and to ensure efficient and effective recycling. BatteReverse will address these challenges by improving the overall sustainability of the EU battery value chain.
stakeholders sharing battery data
BatteReverse will develop and deploy a Battery Data Space that will allow battery passport functionalities such as traceability and interoperability, enabling faster identification of EV battery packs and modules.
reduction in time for first battery assessment
BatteReverse will develop and pilot a universal diagnostics tool that will allow the safe discharge of battery packs with energy recovery and perform the State of Health and State of Safety characterisation in one step.
severe accidents avoided per year
BatteReverse will develop and pilot safety packaging with a novel monitoring system for the transportation of batteries in critical states.
reduction in battery dismantling and sorting time
BatteReverse will develop and pilot semi-automated processes for the initial opening, dismantling, and classification of the battery pack and components.
reduction in time for 2nd life assessment
BatteReverse will develop acoustic sensors to be used in a newly defined Remaining Useful Life prediction procedure for battery modules, incorporating clear criteria for optimal 2nd life applications.
of added value in Europe per year
BatteReverse will optimise the economic viability and sustainability of RL circular business models by developing a digital twin of the RL chain. Through the analysis of various process configurations, we will simulate and identify the most profitable and sustainable model.
BatteReverse is developing a next-generation RL process based on innovations in each of the four main RL stages: (1) DCH and 1st assessment, (2) packaging and transportation, (3) dismantling and sorting, and (4) evaluation for repurposing. Additionally, we will introduce two tools that connect and improve all the RL steps: battery data space platform and digital twin of the processes.