Electromobility is predicted to have a great future in view of climate protection and the exhaustible resource of oil. In order to usher in the e-car era, an industrial infrastructure is needed that encompasses the entire process chain from car manufacturing and battery production to the recycling of recyclable “residual materials”. The planned BASF pilot project for battery recycling in Schwarzheide, Brandenburg, fits in seamlessly here. This article is based on the unique List of the 600 largest chemical companies in Germany.
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Part of an EU IPCEI project in the field of e-car batteries
In Schwarzheide in the lignite mining region of Lausitz, the chemical giant from Ludwigshafen has one of the largest European chemical sites within the BASF Group. BASF Schwarzheide GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary, is responsible for operations on site. The company now wants to build a new pilot plant here by 2022 to recover lithium from old e-car batteries.
As a material, lithium is indispensable for rechargeable batteries – not only in the field of electromobility, but also in smartphones, laptops and battery-powered tools. The earth’s lithium deposits are limited, while demand is set to grow rapidly. Recycling is therefore of great importance. BASF wants to position itself as a leading recycling supplier of lithium-ion batteries for the automotive industry. The project is part of an EU IPCEI project that aims to support the development of competitive European value chains for batteries in the electric vehicle sector. There is considerable pent-up demand in this area.
ICPCEI stands for “Important Project of Common European Interest” – a transnational important project of common European interest for which public funding is worthwhile. In this sense, the Schwarzheide project can enjoy financial support from the Federal Ministry of Economics and the State of Brandenburg. All parties involved are not disclosing investment sums and subsidies.
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