Automotive Recycling Technologies
Automotive transportation is undergoing a paradigm shift from internal combustion engines to electrified powertrains either as plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) or full battery electric vehicles (BEV) systems. By 2040 it is estimated that EV could account for more than half of new passenger car sales. In addition, the use of fuel-cell systems is on the rise not only in automotive applications but in other areas of transportation and in industrial settings e.g. for “Power-To-X” processes for the production of chemicals and fuels.
Currently, recycling automotive pollution control catalysts (autocatalysts) is a multi-billion-dollar industry. Recovery of high-value Platinum Group Metals (PGM) from the spent catalyst is important both commercially and from an environmental perspective, considering the ecological footprint of PGM mining and production. Each sale of an EV, in particular, a BEV displaces the need for an autocatalyst system and as EV start to make up an ever-greater proportion of the global car parc, the number of autocatalysts coming back for recovery will begin to decrease. Instead, more battery systems will expire and these will require specialist recovery. Such batteries also contain high-value metals (cobalt, lithium and rare earths) as well as carbon and plastics which can be reused. New and improved recycling technologies will need to be developed in order to ensure the most efficient recovery of the metals and other components.
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