will be implemented at Bessines sur Gartempe (France) at the Orano facility
. It will implement a mechanical pre-treatment and hydrometallurgical technology to improve the separation of the materials contained in the so-called black mass (a substance composed of non-ferrous metals resulting from the shredding of the batteries).
The pilot will expand and demonstrate efficient pre-treatment and continuous hydrometallurgical recycling of battery cells and modules. This will include innovative steps for the separation of C-graphite, Al and Cu from the black mass and the extraction of Mn, which will achieve a recovery of the full range of battery raw materials (Co, Ni, Mn, Li, C-graphite, Al and Cu) with a selectivity of 90-98%.