A joint venture between the energy company and Endesa and waste management company Urbaser will invest €13M in a facility for reuse and pre-processing of EV batteries. The plant will be erected in Cubillos del Sil outside of Léon, two hours north of the Portuguese border, and is expected to start production by the end of 2023.
The plant will be equipped to test and grade batteries in order to facilitate reuse. The batteries that won't be good for reuse will be processed through a mechanical system which will produce copper, aluminium and black mass. The system will have a capacity of 8,000 tonnes per year.
The plant is part of Endesa's Future-E plan which aims to find new use of former coal power plant sites. Urbaser's role will be to manage collection of EV batteries, both in Spain and Portugal.
Read more about the new plant here.