Honda Motor Europe is expanding its partnership with SNAM (Société Nouvelle d'Affinage des Métaux) for battery recycling. The agreement provides for the Europe-wide collection and recycling of old batteries previously used in Honda hybrid and electric vehicles.
The spent batteries are prepared for a »second life« as a storage medium for renewable energies. If this reuse is not possible, certain valuable materials are recovered from the batteries and recycled.
Honda and SNAM have been working together since 2013 on solutions for the traceability and disposal of spent batteries in accordance with the environmental standards of the European Union. As part of the expanded partnership, SNAM will in future collect lithium-ion and nickel-metal hydride batteries from Honda dealers and authorised recycling facilities in 22 countries and test their suitability for recycling and further processing.
For the collection of used traction batteries, SNAM will use safe and low-CO2 means of transport. SNAM then checks and evaluates which battery packs are suitable for use in new energy storage devices. These are then processed by SNAM and made available for domestic or industrial applications.If battery cells are damaged and unsuitable for recycling, raw materials such as cobalt or lithium can be extracted from them. For this purpose, certain hydrometallurgical processes using aqueous solutions are applied. The raw materials can be used in the production of new batteries, for the manufacture of colour pigments or as mortar additives. Other materials such as copper, metal and plastics are also recycled and marketed.
Via SNAM's online platform, dealers have the opportunity to request the collection of spent batteries for further recycling. The collection can be carried out within 15 working days via central storage centres, which saves dealers from having to store batteries on their own premises. The agreement between Honda and SNAM covers large traction batteries from hybrid and electric vehicles, not the smaller batteries used for ignition in petrol or diesel vehicles.
»With the expansion of our portfolio of hybrid and electric cars and the ever increasing demand for these models, the demands on us to handle the vehicles' used batteries in the most environmentally friendly way possible are naturally growing,« said Tom Gardner, Senior Vice President Honda Motor Europe. »Recent market developments enable us to use these batteries beyond their first life cycle to supply power to companies or to extract valuable raw materials through optimised recycling techniques, which can then be used to produce new batteries«.