Mercedes-Benz builds battery recycling plant in Germany
Mercedes-Benz has announced on Friday that it has laid the foundation stone for a sustainable battery recycling factory in southern Germany, to reduce resource consumption and establishing closed-loop recycling of battery raw materials.
The plant will have an annual capacity of 2500 tons and contribute to the production of more than 50,000 battery modules for new electric Mercedes-Benz vehicles, according to the statement.
The statement further added subject to the outcome of promising discussions with the public sector, a hydrometallurgy pilot plant will be established only a few months later.
Mercedes-Benz is investing a double-digit million Euro amount in the construction of the balance sheet CO2-neutral plant, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection as part of a scientific research project.
“We are consistently expanding our expertise of the battery value chain and are taking an important step in our strategy towards ‘Electric Only’,” said Jörg Burzer, member of the board of management of Mercedes-Benz.
Noteworthy that Mercedes-Benz is cooperating with technology partner Primobius, a joint venture of the German mechanical engineering company SMS group and the Australian project developer Neometals.