BASF has announced a partnership with Europe-based Stena Recycling. The collaboration covers the purchase of black mass as a core product in the battery recycling process. The aim of the partnership is to develop a value chain for the recycling of electric vehicle batteries in Europe.
New cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries
Under the agreement, Stena Recycling will collect, evaluate and pre-treat end-of-life lithium-ion batteries as well as production waste. The company will then produce the black mass from those resources. Meanwhile, BASF will focus on the chemical recovery of valuable metals such as lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese from the black mass. These processes will take place in BASF’s prototype metal refinery in Schwarzheide, Germany. The recovered metals will be used to produce new cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries. The companies plan to commercialize the model developed in their partnership for BASF’s upcoming metal refinery for battery recycling in Europe.