Swedish company Stena Recycling has recently inaugurated its new battery recycling facility in Halmstad, Sweden, some 16 months after the start of construction.
The plant’s initial recycling capacity is 10,000 tonnes, but it is expected to increase in line with the growth of the market. Stena Recycling’s goal is to handle at least five to 10 times the current volume within the next 10 years.
The construction of the new battery recycling facility was supported by the Swedish government with 70.7 million Swedish kronor (approximately €6.3m). In addition to the construction of the facility, the company has also announced a new customer, the Norwegian battery company Freyr Battery, which has agreed to have its used batteries recycled by Stena Recycling.
Freyr’s batteries will be processed at Stena’s new recycling facility, with the option to include the company’s large “Giga Arctic” plant in the future. The Swedish plant will also process battery material collected and pre-treated at all of Stena’s existing facilities and processes in Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Finland, Norway, Germany and Italy.
Stena Product Area Manager Batteries, Marcus Martinsson, said, “The electrification of society has only just begun, and we want to boost a circular approach to battery production. What we are doing with our battery recycling initiative is creating the conditions to add the circular perspective, by stimulating the reuse and recycling of lithium-ion batteries.”
The opening of the new battery recycling facility is a significant step towards a more sustainable future for the battery industry. By promoting the circular economy, companies such as Stena Recycling and Freyr Battery are contributing to reducing the environmental impact of battery production and consumption.
Freyr Battery also recently announced an international collaboration with Glencore, Caterpillar, Siemens, and Nidec to drive the deployment of sustainable battery solutions in Europe and North America. These collaborations show a growing commitment to sustainable practices in the industry and highlight the importance of recycling and reuse in the battery supply chain.Swedish company Stena Recycling has recently inaugurated its new battery recycling facility in Halmstad, Sweden, some 16 months after the start of construction.