Project: Innovative Membrane Extraction of Lithium for Spent Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling

Acronym LIMEX (Reference Number: ERA-MIN-2018_57)
Project Topic Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) having a high energy-density are commonly used to provide power to consumer electronics and electric vehicles. In the last years, they have emerged as crucial component of modern energy storage. The storage of renewable energy plays a key role in the global shift toward a cleaner and more sustainable energy economy. Therefore, the demand for lithium (Li), the essential ingredient for LIBs, is increasing exponentially. In addition, the consumption of other metals for batteries, viz. cobalt and nickel, also is increasing. It is well known that mining and ore processing has a negative effect upon the environment. These activities generate a large amount of waste, consume resources and can liberate harmful materials into the biosphere. In this context, the LIMEX project proposes an innovative and clean technology for recovering metals from secondary resources such as batteries. The overall objective is to evaluate its technical feasibility and economic and environmental impacts when using solvent extraction and membrane separation for the recovery of target metals from the leach liquors formed during the recycling of spent LIBs. This objective constitutes a real scientific and technical challenge due to complex matrices with different levels of metal concentrations. Thus, LIMEX responds the axis N° 4 of the ERA-MIN 2 call “Recycling and Re-use of the End-of-life products” and proposes a multidisciplinary approach combining organic synthesis (Partner 2), solution chemistry (Partner 1, 2), membrane process design (Partner 1, 3, 4) and environmental impact assessment (Partner 1, 4).
Network ERA-MIN 2
Call ERA-MIN Joint Call 2018

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 CNRS Coordinator France
2 University of Porto Partner Portugal
3 Chalmers University of Technology Partner Sweden
4 Euro Dieuze Industrie Partner France