The Swedish battery cell manufacturer Northvolt has partnered with the British automotive recycler EMR to set up a 12,000 square meters dismantling plant for EV batteries in Hamburg, Germany. The facility will have the capacity to process around 10,000 tonnes of battery packs which will be sourced by Northvolt alongside packs received through recalls from European car makers.
EMR, which has a long tradition and experience in car recycling, will operate the plant with equipment for discharging and dismantling delivered by Northvolt. After dismantling battery modules will be transported to Northvolt's shredding facility in Skellefteå and subsequently recycled in the company's hydrometallurgical process. Remaining materials from packs will be recycled or sold to downstream processors by EMR.
EMR was previously a partner to Johnson Matthey which aimed to set up a recycling operation in the UK. The company has already a dismantling facility in UK today.