TES to recycle EV batteries in deal to expand Port of Rotterdam facility

by John Shepherd
TES battery recycling facility in Singapore. Photo: TES
A deal to boost capacity at a recycling plant in the Netherlands – and recover materials from recycled electric vehicle batteries to supply Europe’s expanding battery industry – has been announced by electronic waste recycler TES.

The company said it has reached an agreement to lease the facility, which secures the future of the 10,000 sqm recycling site in the Port of Rotterdam, Europe’s largest seaport, with plans to expand the facility to more than 40,000 sqm.

The facility already has a basic waste licence to receive, store and forward lithium batteries and to manage electric vehicle batteries and battery production scrap, as well as a licence to shred alkaline batteries.
TES global VP of battery operations, Thomas Holberg, said: "We have a vision to be a global sustainability innovator, and our unwavering ambition to turn the Port of Rotterdam site into a state-of-the-art European battery recycling facility is key in delivering that strategy.”

'Precursor feedstock'

"Once up and running, we will have up to 10,000 tonnes of shredding capacity per year and a subsequent hydrometallurgical process that focuses on the recovery of nickel, cobalt, and lithium as a precursor feedstock for the battery industry.”

TES said its site in Grenoble, France, was among the first recycling plants to use an inert shredding process to safely crush lithium batteries and develop patents for hydrometallurgical processes.
The company said expertise gained at Grenoble played a key role in its opening of Southeast Asia’s first lithium battery recycling facility in Singapore last March.
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