Teesside offers the ideal location for a plant of this scale, with access to the UK’s largest Freeport, a highly skilled local workforce, local government support and a rich heritage in the field of chemical processing – not to mention its proximity to current and planned manufactures of electric vehicles and batteries.
The plant is being designed by Engineering Consultant Hatch and under an award from the UK Government’s Automotive Transformation Fund and will receive a mix stream of feedstock including spent batteries, gigafactory scrap and primary feed from Altilium Metals nickel, cobalt mines.
Having control of the primary feed in a sustainable way is a source of competitive advantage since other pure recyclers will struggle with the supply of feed in the near term for mega-scale recycling projects such as this.
We plan to recycle battery waste direct to CAM and introduce the active materials back into the supply chain for reuse in the most sustainable way with minimum processing steps, thus lowering the cost of batteries and their environmental impact.
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