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Batteries reuse and direct production of high performances cathodic and anodic materials and other raw materials from batteries recycling using low cost and environmentally friendly technologies (RHINOCEROS)

About the project

Rhinoceros will develop, improve and demonstrate, in an industrially relevant environment, an economically and environmentally viable route for re-using, re-purposing, re-conditioning and recycling of end-of-life (EoL) electric vehicle (EV) and stationary batteries.

Rhinoceros will first develop a smart sorting and dismantling system enabling the automated classification and dismantling of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and the reassembly of still working modules in new repurposed batteries for second life applications such as batteries for energy storage systems. When direct reuse and repurpose of batteries is not possible, a circular recycling route of all the materials present in LIBs (e.g., metals, graphite, fluorinated compounds and polymers, active materials) will be followed to close the materials loop. This route is based on a set of cost efficient, flexible and environmentally friendly routes targeting the pre-treatment, refining and the recovery of materials.

Through product qualification by industrial end-users, Rhinoceros will demonstrate the direct production of high performances cathodic and anodic materials and other raw materials at competitive costs from battery recycling. The achievements will bring Europe to an increased independence level from foreigner manufacturers and raw materials suppliers.

The project support these UN sustainability goals

7. Affordable and Clean Energy
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
12. Responsible Consumption and Production
13. Climate Action


Granted: kr 8.700.000
Funding received from:
Horizon Europe
Project period 2022 - 2026

Project partners

Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation

Accurec-Recycling Gmbh

Hydrometal Sa

Eco Recycling Societa A Responsabilita Limitata

Arkema France Sa

Tes Recupyl Sas


Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associacion

Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V.

Karlsruher Institut Fuer Technologie

Chalmers Tekniska Hogskola Ab

University of Agder

Universita Degli Studi Di Roma La Sapienza

Pno Innovation

Ford Otomotiv Sanayi Anonim Sirketi

Levertonhelm Limited

Research group