In 2022, Minespider joined BATRAW, a project funded under the Horizon Europe program. BATRAW is a 4-year project aimed to find new technological solutions to recycle critical minerals from EV batteries and enable a circular economy.
The total funding of the project is more than €13 million.
The project is aligned with the objectives of the EU Battery Regulation that would require all batteries placed on the EU market to be recycled and managed in a way the battery could be a source of secondary raw materials.
Objectives of the project
The key objectives of the BATRAW project are:
- Improve recycling efficiencies and deliver secondary raw materials for battery production
- Build a prototype of a second-life battery
- Build tools for the repair of battery packs and modules
- Develop a blockchain platform for raw materials, product and supply chain tracking, and Battery Passports
- Deliver eco-design guidelines on pack manufacturing supporting better repair and dismantling of batteries
- Deliver guidelines and best practices for the safe handling and transport of end-of-life battery waste
- Quantify environmental impacts by an LCA study
As part of the project there will be two pilots taking place and including electric vehicle batteries:
Pilot 1 focuses on the application of a semi-automated process for handling EV batteries and their components, including modules and cells suitable for reuse. It will be hosted by BeePlanet with the aim to deliver innovative technologies and processes for faster and safer dismantling of battery packs.
Pilot 2 focuses on mechanical pre-treatment and hydrometallurgical technology to improve the separation of the materials contained in the so-called black mass (a substance composed of non-ferrous metals resulting from the shredding of the batteries). This pilot will be hosted by Orano with the goal to develop innovative steps for separation of black mass materials such as C-Graphite, Al, Cu and Mn, as well other battery raw materials.
BATRAW project combines expertise from the leading companies in technology, mobility and EV, batteries manufacturing, recycling, and renewable energy fields, including such companies as Ford Otosan, Renault, Posco Holdings, and others.
BATRAW is coordinated by the Technological Centre LEITAT. The project involves 18 industrial partners from 7 countries.
As a part of BATRAW, Minespider’s team is focused on Battery Passport creation and supporting all other participants with capturing, tracking, and communicating important data about the battery, establishing better collaboration processes and data visibility.
The overall goal is to further refine and demonstrate a blockchain platform for raw materials, product and supply chain tracking within the scope of ongoing legislations on supply chain transparency and the upcoming EU battery regulation.
The Minespider's Battery Passport is a blockchain-secured digital ID of the battery that contains all the key data along the supply chain.
The Minespider’s Battery Passport enables:
- Track, collect, assess, and share relevant data along supply chains and loops for reuse & recycling efficiently
- Facilitate the collaboration of participants & IoT along supply chains
- Balance the individual needs for confidentiality and transparency