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Altilium & UCN Partner for Innovative EV Battery Recycling Advancements

Explore the collaborative efforts of Altilium and Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN), shaping a sustainable future through groundbreaking EV battery recycling technologies.


December 15, 2023

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EV Battery Recycling Advancements
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Altilium, a UK-based clean technology group focused on supporting the transition to net zero, and Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN), a leading educational institution in Chile, proudly announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster a strategic partnership focusing on the advancement of Electric Vehicle (EV) battery recycling technologies.

The MoU reflects the shared commitment of both entities to leverage their expertise and resources in pursuit of sustainable environmental practices and the development of innovative solutions for battery recycling. This collaboration aims to propel the evolution of green processing technologies and logistical planning for efficient battery collection and transportation.

Key areas of collaboration outlined in the MoU include:

  1. Research Activities in Logistical Planning for Battery Collection and Transportation: Altilium and UCN will collaborate on the development of efficient and sustainable strategies for collecting and transporting EV batteries, ensuring environmentally friendly practices throughout the process.

  2. Research Activities in Green Processing Technologies: The partnership will focus on advancing technologies that promote eco-friendly methods for recycling EV batteries, minimizing environmental impact and maximizing resource recovery.

  3. Research Activities in the Lithium Battery Value Chain: Both parties will jointly engage in research initiatives aimed at enhancing the entire value chain of lithium batteries, from production to recycling, fostering innovation and sustainability.

  4. Participation in Seminars and Academic Meetings: Altilium and UCN will actively engage in knowledge-sharing activities, including seminars, workshops, and academic gatherings, to exchange insights and collaborate on cutting-edge research in the field of EV battery recycling.

Related:Exploring the Inner Workings of a Battery Recycling Plant

Professor Dr. Hernán Cáceres, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Geological Sciences at UCN, and also Director of Lithium R+D+i, expressed his enthusiasm, stating: “This partnership represents a significant step forward in addressing the environmental challenges posed by EV battery disposal. Our collaboration with Altilium will enable us to combine our academic expertise with practical industry knowledge to drive sustainable solutions in battery recycling.”

The collaboration follows the recent multi-million dollar investment into Altilium from SQM Lithium Ventures, the corporate venture arm of the lithium business of Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile (SQM), one of the world’s leading producers of battery-grade lithium. The investment strengthens Altilium’s position in the lithium industry and will accelerate the sale-up of its proprietary battery recycling technology.

Related:US Energy Dept. Announces $192M to Advance Battery Recycling Tech

SQM is also working with UCN on a collaborative project to design, produce, and recycle lithium batteries in Antofagasta. The project, entitled “Creation of a research and development hub in the lithium battery value chain,” will be implemented from 2022 to 2030, creating economic, social and environmental value for Northern Chile and the country as a whole.

This strategic partnership between Altilium and UCN marks a crucial milestone in the pursuit of sustainable practices in EV battery recycling in the UK and Chile. Both entities are committed to working hand in hand, leveraging their expertise to address environmental challenges and pave the way for a cleaner, greener future.

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