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A unique Lead Acid Battery (LAB) recycling technology to reduce CO2 emissions by 89%, reduce waste by 81%, and transform the battery recycling industry

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Project "NUOVOpb" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙863˙000 €
 EC max contribution 1˙304˙100 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3.5. (SOCIETAL CHALLENGES - Climate action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials)
2. H2020-EU.2.3.1. (Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument)
 Code Call H2020-SMEINST-2-2016-2017
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-08-01   to  2019-01-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    AURELIUS ENVIRONMENTAL LTD UK (BIRMINGHAM) coordinator 1˙304˙100.00


 Project objective

Lead Acid Batteries (LABs) are a vital and widely-used technology. The global LAB market is expected to grow by 59% to €71.6 billion by 2022 with Europe accounting for the second largest market share. Waste LAB recycling rates are as high as 95% in Europe, but the current recycling process – smelting waste LABs in a furnace – consumes vast quantities of energy, is highly polluting, wasteful, large scale and expensive. Furthermore, smelted lead must be further processed to produce the essential LAB ingredient: the active lead oxide paste. A new lead recycling process is needed that is energy efficient, non-polluting, low cost, scalable and produces LAB-ready lead products. Such process would meet EC priorities by addressing resource efficiency, the sustainable supply of raw materials and drive the circular economy. AEL has developed a novel hydrometallurgical process technology to recycle waste LABs in a highly energy efficient, non-polluting and cost effective way. NUOVOpb’s commercial appeal lies in its low cost and scalability, and our ground-breaking ability to produce LAB-ready products that exceed the performance of current products on the market. Our LAB-ready paste can create new LABs with 22% greater energy capacity and 50% longer life. The technology has the potential to transform the global battery recycling industry, which has an expected value of €9.5 billion in 2024. 5 years post project, we expect to be operating 18 NUOVOpb facilities across the world. These will be processing 490,000 tonnes of waste LABs (6% of the global waste LAB market) and avoiding 196,000 tonnes CO2 emissions every year. In doing so, AEL will secure annual revenues of €206 million, profits of €54 million, and will have created 200 jobs within AEL. NUOVOpb is the most complete closed-loop recycling system in the world, providing significant commercial opportunities for businesses in both the LAB recycling and LAB manufacturing supply chain, globally.


List of deliverables.
Independent results of LAB-ready paste properties Documents, reports 2020-04-24 04:31:34
Results of LAB-ready paste used in LAB manufacturing Documents, reports 2020-04-24 04:31:34
Reagent supply options appraisal report Documents, reports 2020-04-24 04:31:34
10,000 tonnes/yr LAB recycling continuous flow production proces Demonstrators, pilots, prototypes 2020-04-24 04:31:34
Communications materials Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2020-04-24 04:31:34

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