Recycling of Batteries from Racing Cars Formula E partners with Umicore

Die von Williams Advanced Engineering entwickelten Batterien für die Rennwagen der ersten und zweiten Saison werden jetzt von Umicore recycelt.
The batteries developed by Williams Advanced Engineering for the first and second season racing cars are now being recycled by Umicore.

The ABB FIA Formula E Championship has announced a new partnership with Umicore – the Belgian materials technology and recycling group – as official battery recycling supplier, to recycle the lithium-ion battery units and cells used during the first two seasons of the electric street racing series.

The Formula E batteries from season one and two, created by Williams Advanced Engineering, have been collected and are in the process of being recycled by Umicore. The process comprises of sorting, dismantling and recycling with valuable metals being carefully recovered using proprietary and unique smelting technology - followed by hydrometallurgical treatment.

The metals in the battery are infinitely recyclable without losing their properties. After collection, the batteries are taken apart using methods to ensure the environment isn’t exposed to hazardous compounds. Recycling includes the recovery of the metals and transformation into metal alloys that will be used again in new rechargeable batteries, or other products.

Alejandro Agag, Founder & CEO of Formula E, said: »This is an important moment for Formula E and I’m grateful to be partnering with Umicore on this initiative. Sustainability is at the core of both companies, and to be able to recycle our battery cells with a closed loop approach means we’re doing our utmost to limit the impact we have on the environment - while promoting a wider message of clean mobility.«