Stellantis recently entered into a new electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling agreement with Orano to support the sustainable management of cell materials.
Stellantis N.V. and Orano signed a memorandum of understanding, establishing a joint venture of end-of-life EV batteries and scraps from the legacy automaker’s factories in Europe and North America. Stellantis aims to strengthen its position in the EV battery value chain by securing its cobalt, nickel, and lithium supply.
“The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals has confirmed the need to find solutions like this one with Orano to meet the challenge of natural resource scarcity and sustainability,” said Stellantis Senior Vice President, Circular Economy Business Unit, Alison Jones. “Guided by our Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan, Stellantis is committed to shifting its production and consumption model by fulfilling its circular economy commitment.”
The Stellantis and Orano agreement is part of the automaker’s Dare Forward 2030 plan. Part of the plan includes boosting Stellantis’ Circular Economy Business Unit. The legacy OEM aims to increase the Circular Economy Business Unit’s recycling revenues ten times to achieve over €2 billion in total circular economy revenues by 2030.
Orano will use its low-carbon technology to recover all materials from lithium-ion batteries and then manufacture new cathode materials from recycled parts. The company’s technology breaks from traditional processes.
“We are delighted with this partnership with a major player such as Stellantis to work together in the recycling of used electric batteries,” said Orano Group Director of Innovation, R&D and Nuclear Medicine, Magnets and Batteries, Guillaume Dureau. “We are proud to bring our expertise and know-how with our innovative and disruptive process, which allows a real closed loop. Orano continues its commitment to developing a low-carbon economy with the recycling of strategic materials for the energy transition and the circular economy.”
Under the agreement, the benchmark supplier will also produce black mass or active mass. Black mass is an active powder containing a mixture of cathode and anode materials. Orano plans to refine black mass at the hydrometallurgical plant it plans to build in Dunkirk, France. The company claims its pre-treatment approach and hydrometallurgy technology enables it to reach more than a 90% recovery rate of metals.