On 4 October 2023 all the Consortium partners of the RESPECT project were gathered for the three-day event at the Aalto University in Espoo, Finland. The first day was dedicated to the 3rd General Assembly meeting and was aimed to foster collaboration and update the partners on the task’s progress, the meeting was followed by a visit to the Aalto University laboratory. The second day was dedicated to the project launch event and on the third day, the partners went to visit Metso: Outotec premises in Pori, Finland.
The 3rd General Assembly provided an opportunity for project partners to discuss their progress and share updates on the various work packages. The meeting included both physical and online participation, and was marked by a series of insightful presentations, setting the stage for discussions on the project's advancements.
The General Assembly meeting started with a warm welcome from Benjamin Wilson from Aalto University, and Justo Garcia, the coordinator of the project, from ORANO. The agenda for the meeting was introduced, preparing the ground for discussions about the project's progress.
Antoine Driancourt from CEA provided an overview of the technical progress within the project, emphasizing the importance of effective communication among partners to ensure the timely delivery of material streams and the project's success.
The RESPECT project is making significant strides in advancing battery recycling and promoting sustainability in the electric vehicle industry. The General Assembly meeting served as a platform for sharing progress, discussing challenges, and planning for the future. The project continues to address key aspects of battery recycling, from logistics and pre-treatment to hydrometallurgy and direct recycling, all with a focus on environmental and social impacts. This collaborative effort is driving innovation and sustainable practices in the electric vehicle industry.
The 3rd General Assembly was followed by a visit to the Aalto University Lab. Benjamin Wilson explained where they do the testing and which machines, they use to minimise the waste of batteries in the recycling processes.
On 5 October 2023, during the 2nd day of the visit to Espoo, Finland, a significant milestone was achieved for the RESPECT project. The project had its Launch event. The event was split into three panels. The first part featured European experts who have worked on Horizon R&I projects in the past and actively contributed to cross-project clustering activities to discover best practices and lessons learned. The second part discussed the clustering activities in the battery recycling clusters and how relevant projects interact with one another. The third part focused on the new legislative framework introduced by the European Union to strengthen battery circularity and recyclability, with an emphasis on how R&D projects support these requirements.
On 6 October 2023, during the third-day visits, the partners went to Pori, Finland.
The visit was hosted by Metso:Outotec and was organised for the RESPECT project partners on the side-lines of the 3rd General Assembly meeting. The installations visited focussed mainly on hydrometallurgy, minerals separation, processing and refining.
The visit also included different laboratories dedicated to analysis and characterisation with cutting-edge techniques and state-of-the-art equipment. The testing facilities were available from lab scale to industrial pilot scale catering to the needs of R&D and industrialisation of processes. The hydrometallurgy pilot and the latest battery materials precursor (PCAM) pilot highlighted METSO’s expertise in the battery recycling value chain.