Development of technologies to achieve sustainable and efficient processes for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries.

The FREE4LIB project aims to develop 6 sustainable and efficient processes for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries at the end of their useful life, thanks to the creation of technologies with a technology readiness level (TRL) between 5 and 6.

These 6 processes are dismantling, pre-treatment and 4 other material recovery processes. All of them deliver highly innovative recycling solutions, reaching high efficiency in the recovery of materials and improving the supply of secondary resources at European Union level.

FREE4LIB will also offer technologies to improve 3 processes that aim at the reuse of metals and polymers and the synthesis of electrodes in the same value chain as secondary raw materials for the remanufacturing of greener batteries.

The project will also study options to harness non-reusable elements in other fields and will deliver a methodology based on Battery Passport principles to improve process traceability.

Eurecat participates in the FREE4LIB project through different Technology Units, in charge of different objectives:

  • Metals and Ceramic Materials Unit. It will do metal recovery work (aluminum and copper) for additive manufacturing applications, in addition to ion implantation and coatings on electrodes.

The FREE4LIB consortium is made up, in addition to Eurecat, of the CARTIF Foundation, ACCUREC, Aliénor, the Association for Research in Plastic and Related Materials (AIMPLAS), EUROBAT, AVL, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Erion Energy, Fraunhofer, the Energy Research Institute of Catalonia (IREC), the Bruno Kessler Foundation, the Institute for Transport and Logistics, UREDERRA, MOV’EO, NESSTEC Energy & Surface Technologies, Milan Polytechnic, RECYCLIA, Sakarya University, Torrecid, University of Graz, and Watt4Ever.


General details


FREE4LIB – Feasible recovery of critical raw materials through a new circular ecosystem for a Li-Ion battery cross-value chain in Europe

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Programme and call for tender

Project funded by the European Union’s program Horizon 2020 under the call HORIZON-CL5-2021-D2-01-06 Sustainable, safe and efficient recycling processes (Batteries Partnership) (RIA)

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