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ABACUS

The ABACUS project, co-funded by Innovate UK’s "supply chain innovation towards a circular economy" competition, is directly aligned with the research challenge of preserving the value of automotive traction batteries at End-of-Life (EoL). By keeping the batteries in productive use for longer, a significant waste stream reduction of up to 70% is possible through development of new business models and innovative approaches for the Electric Vehicle (EV) battery reverse logistics value-chain and remanufacturing process.

Motivations

Increasing uptake of EVs in the UK and European markets and a drive from the EU to reduce waste and introduction of the Battery Directive: DIRECTIVE 2006/66/EC which prohibits the disposal of automotive batteries and industrial batteries (including EV battery packs) by means of landfill or incineration and End-of-Life Directive: Directive 2000/53/EC which specifies measures which aim to prevent waste from EoL vehicles and their components have created a opportunity for industry to improve their business models.

Moving from the traditional linear take-make-dispose model to a circular model is increasingly becoming important for electric vehicles (EVs) due to the mentioned legislation which calls for sustainability and producer responsibility.

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Aim and Objectives

To provide guidance and information for decision-making about the in-service life extension through repair and remanufacturing of Electric Vehicle batteries, ensuring economic feasibility and environmental sustainability. The project objectives are:

  • Validate value chain maps for processes relating to remanufacturing of electric vehicle battery packs.
  • Developing testing guidelines and engineering data sheets for use in remanufacturing of battery packs.
  • Developing a ‘Framework’ to help businesses’ with decisions relating to remanufacturing of electric vehicle battery packs.
  • Dissemination and sharing of best practice knowledge (to a wide range of stakeholders) relating to remanufacturing processes for electric vehicle battery packs.

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Contact/Enquiries:

Jakobus Groenewald

For more information on End-of-Life batteries please visit the ABACUS blog.