Circular and greener processes for Li-ion batteries recycling and production
Research Project, 2021 – 2024

The project aims for a greener and circular process for Li-ion batteries recycling and production. First, a more efficient recovery of lithium will be investigated. Then, the dissolution of valuable metals will be tested using environmentally friendly chemicals. Afterwards, metals will be recovered together using greener chemicals, which is more efficient than how it is usually done. Finally, to close the loop, the mixed metals will be tested to produce new battery materials. An LCA will help to evaluate the environmental performance. The results and knowledge acquired will be disseminated to a wide audience, including companies and the general public. Thus, the project combines the expertise of industrial and academic partners to develop an innovative and greener recycling process. It integrates recycling of Li-ion batteries and production using recovered materials, creating a unique competence in the Nordic region to tackle our society’s goals of sustainability and circular economy.


Martina Petranikova (contact)

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Energy and Material


Meab Metallextraktion

Askim, Sweden

Northvolt AB

Stockholm, Sweden

Uppsala University

Uppsala, Sweden

Volvo Cars

Göteborg, Sweden


Swedish Energy Agency

Project ID: 52009-1
Funding Chalmers participation during 2021–2024

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