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TES takes its innovative car battery tech to Rotterdam

TES opened an innovative car battery recycling site in Singapore in March.

E-scrap and battery recycler TES is building a large car battery facility in the port of Rotterdam.

The US company has taken the lease of an approximately 10 000 m2 facility, including a 2 000 m2 building, with plans to extend, providing a 40 000 m2 site in total. The facility is scheduled to be fully operational by late 2022 and will be the first lithium-ion battery recycling plant in the Netherlands.

‘We have an unwavering ambition to turn the port of Rotterdam site into a state-of-the-art European battery recycling facility,’ says Thomas Holberg, global vice president of Battery Operations at TES. ‘Once up and running, we will have up to 10 000 tonnes annually of shredding capacity and a subsequent hydrometallurgical process which focuses on the recovery of nickel, cobalt and lithium as a precursor feedstock for the battery industry.’

Allard Castelein, ceo Port of Rotterdam comments: ‘We are working not only towards a net zero CO2 emission port and industry in 2050, but also looking at ways to make the industry more circular.’ Therefore besides working on projects regarding for instance hydrogen and carbon capture and storage, it’s important to take significant steps to establish circular production processes. ‘The TES project in Rotterdam is exactly that,’ he says. ‘This could very well become the largest European facility for recycling batteries from electric cars.’

TES is active in Europe, Asia, Australia and the USA. In March TES opened a state-of-the-art facility to recycle lithium batteries in Singapore, which the recycler describes as ‘the first of its kind in Southeast Asia’. The facility relies on a combination of mechanic equipment and hydrometallurgical processes to recover 90% of precious metals such as nickel, lithium and cobalt with a purity level of almost 99%.

This means the metals recovered from electric vehicle batteries are commercially viable for new battery production. TES plans to use comparable technology for the new site in Rotterdam.

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