Recyclus to Supply WMG, University of Warwick with Lithium-ion Battery Shredder

Recyclus, leading battery recycling business, is pleased to announce that it has been selected by WMG, University of Warwick, to supply it with a bespoke lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery shredder.

Following a competitive tender process, WMG, University of Warwick, has selected Recyclus to design, manufacture, supply, install, commission, and train operators for the use of an industrial grade Li-ion battery shredder. The equipment is to be delivered and commissioned by 31 March 2024.

The shredder will be based on Recyclus’ pioneering industrial scale Li-ion battery recycling plant at Wolverhampton and will enable WMG to shred cells and modules in a safe manner to further advance its research into battery recycling technologies and black mass.

The agreement is a strong endorsement of Recyclus’ innovative technology as well as its leading expertise and capability in this field. Recyclus’ unique recycling plant has a dry front-end process, which uses an inert atmosphere to safely shred and dry end-of-life Li-ion batteries in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner. This protects the environment while producing high-quality shredded battery materials, which can then be sent on for further treatment, including battery metal recovery.

Recyclus’ first Wolverhampton Li-ion plant is operational and will be steadily building production volumes over the next 12 months. It is the first industrial-scale Li-ion battery recycling plant in the UK, and is permitted to process up to 22,000 tonnes of batteries per year, with the aim to process 8,300 in its first full year of production.

This agreement further strengthens the relationship between WMG and Recyclus who have worked together for a number of years and recently created a four-year Engineering Doctorate focused on battery recycling technologies. WMG is a leading academic group providing research, education and knowledge transfer in engineering, management, manufacturing and technology.