"Direct pROduction of New Electrode materials from battery recycling"
(co-financed by European Commission LIFE19 programme)
Life DRONE (LIFE19 ENV / IT / 000520) is a project co-funded under the LIFE + program and aims to demonstrate a new recycling route for different types of lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) that have reached the end of their life. The main idea is to demonstrate an innovative recycling process to recover high-value materials (graphite, Ni, Co and Mn) and employ these materials to synthesize high-quality cathode material for new NMC lithium-ion batteries. The project will be focused on the scale-up of the hydrometallurgical treatment with mineral acids of the electrode powder currently delivered by the physical pretreatment of LIBs manually separated from the collected batteries. This treatment will yield a mixed hydroxide of Ni, Co and Mn, which will be successively employed to synthesize the NMC cathode material. The impact of the inaccurate LIBs manual sorting and of the consequent difficulties of pre-physical treatment control will be evaluated by quantifying the deviations of the operating conditions (Ni, Co and Mn concentrations) from the optimal values required for the mixed hydroxide synthesis. These deviations will be corrected in the process by the controlled addition of Ni, Co and Mn salts. The project will finally include the testing of produced materials by the production of new lithium-ion cells.
In order to demonstrate the process, the mobile plant realized during the HYDROWEEE Project (FP7 n. 231962) will be operated along with a new unit designed and constructed to synthesize the NMC cathode oxide.
The consortium is composed of four partners from the Italian market. Technosind srl is the leader of the project while the other project partners are the following: Eco Recycling, FAAM RESEARCH CENTER, S.EVal srl and Sapienza University Department of Chemistry.
The Life DRONE project started in September 2020 and ends in December 2023 and has the following objectives:
- Process demonstration by treatment of 3 tons of Li-ion batteries (about 1350 kg of electrodic powder) producing 660 kg of NMC oxide;
- Validation of produced materials by preparation of 10 Li-ion cells;
- Evaluation of the process economic feasibility;
- Life cycle assessment of the proposed recycling route;
- Elaboration of a replicability plan evaluating the implementation in a different EU member state;
- Elaboration of a business plan to drive the large scale industrial application of the proposed process.
"Removal of As from water using innovative BIO-adsorbents produced from by-products of the agro-industrial"
(co-financed by European Commission LIFE19 programme)
Life Bioas (LIFE19 ENV/IT/000512) is a project co-financed under the LIFE+ programme and aims to demonstrate the environmental and economic feasibility of a process for the production of an innovative bio-adsorbent, obtained from olive pomace, and, at the same time, its use for the purification of drinking water from arsenic. The project will highlight the benefits of environmental impacts (relating to the purification of water and the reduction of waste volumes from olive production) and the economic benefits of using a secondary raw material rather than expensive raw materials and lower energy consumption than the adsorbents currently produced). Within the project, three prototypes will be built and experimental campaigns will be carried out for the production of bio adsorbents and for the decontamination of water. Eco Recycling srl is the project leader while Technosind S.r.l. is project partner together with ALFO ENERGIA srl, HTR center (High Tech Recycling, Chemistry Department of the University "La Sapienza" in Rome), TALETE Spa, Universidade de Évora.
The Life Bioas project starts in September 2020 and ends in August 2023 and proposes the following objectives:
- Design and construction of the prototype for the production of bio-adsorbents;
- Design and construction of the water treatment prototype using the bioadsorbents produced in the project;
- Design and construction of a portable water treatment prototype using the bioadsorbents produced in the project;
- Demonstration of arsenic removal efficiency from water through the use of the innovative bioadsorbents produced;
- Study of the technical and economic feasibility of the proposed technology;
- Study of the environmental impacts associated with the proposed technology considering both the production of biadsorbents and their use for water treatment.
"MicroalgaE biomass from phototrophic-heterotrophic cultivation using olive oil Wastewaters"
Mewlife (LIFE17 ENV/IT/000180) is a project funded by the European Union within the Life+ program. The main focus of this project is to demonstrate at pilot scale the efficiency of an innovating route for producing biomass for nutraceutics and bio-polymer applications and simultaneously co-depurating an agro-food effluent (vegetation waters from olive oil production plants). By this route several advantages can be envisaged regarding both environmental impacts (CO2 fixation by microalgae, waste reuse, water depuration and reuse) and socio-economic impacts (avoiding use of arable land for biopolymer production by vegetables, creating new qualified job positions for biotechnological plant running). MEWLIFE project aims to demonstrate the environmental benefit and economic feasibility of an innovative approach to produce microalgal biomass in an integrated phototrophic and heterotrophic cultivation system using preconcentrated olive oil wastewaters (OMWW) as carbon source for growing algae, thus contributing to waste reuse and valorization. This project will last in three years and two months: it will begin in July 2018 and will end in September 2021.