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E-Mobility & Circular Economy
June 29 – July 1, 2020
25th International Congress for
Battery Recycling ICBR 2020
September 16 – 18, 2020
20th International Automobile
Recycling Congress IARC 2020
March 11 – 13, 2020
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help that the lifecycle of such screens
is getting shorter and shorter, creating
large stockpiles,’ he points out.
His company, which is based in Dublin,
developed FPD Pro to recover over
80% of materials from the most popu-
lar screens. The system, which requires
only one operator, can handle more
than 60 units per hour ‘at the lowest
operational costs in the market’. FPD
Pro can treat both small and wide
screens, ranging from 27 cm to 178
cm. An important benefit is that the
solution is designed to safely extract
hazardous substances such as mercury.
A new order for has recently been
completed with the equipment on its
way to Australia. ‘Naturally, we have a
lot of customers in Europe,’
Thompson adds. ‘Now we are
expanding our scope to cater for com-
panies further away, in America and
New Zealand, for example.’
BAttery wAste mAp
In a world driven by more and more
batteries, knowledge is key, according
to Johanna Emmerich, scientist at the
Fraunhofer Institute in Germany.
Although recycling technologies are
becoming more advanced, the pool-
ing of data to optimise the recycling
industry itself still needs much work.
At least 3 000 tonnes of cobalt is dis-
appearing every year from the EU
market. ‘It’s unclear where the materi-
al goes. Is it ‘lost’ because of exports?
Illegal processing? Or hoarding?’
Emmerich wonders. She worked on
the European Commission’s Horizon
2020 project called ORAMA, which
aims to map battery waste flows. ‘The
chances are, we are notably underesti-
mating the lifespan of battery cells.
They are being used longer than we
anticipated thanks to second-life
Researchers and scientists collaborat-
ing on the project gathered market
data to create the Urban Mine
Platform. Sharing the findings,
Emmerich reports there were 1.2 mil-
lion tonnes of zinc-based batteries in
the EU region last year. ‘This is up
from 480 000 tonnes in 2012,’ she
Stocks of nickel metal hydride batter-
ies reached 625 000 tonnes, up from
only 92 000 tonnes in 2012, and there
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