THE GREEN SUPPLIER: BATTERY TECHNOLGIES

PROMO ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF ECOBAT GROUP

 

There is a lot more to the ECOBAT group than meets the eye. Besides being Europe’s largest specialist battery distributor, the group is also a leading collector and recycler of used batteries on three continents. In the EU it fulfils battery collection services through operations in Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Poland, and the UK, collecting batteries from all over Europe.

ECOBAT’s processes ensure that more than 97% of material is recovered from the ‘End of Life’ battery during the recycling process.

Battery recycling typically generates three main elements:

  • Lead
  • Plastic
  • Sulphuric acid.

At ECOBAT’s recycling operations, batteries are broken under controlled conditions to release acid, then crushed in a hammer mill and broken into smaller pieces for physical separation using water. Through the separation process, plastics float to the surface where they are removed for further separation before recycling. The lead components (plates, poles and paste) sink in the hydro-separation tanks and are removed for smelting. Before the paste can be smelted however, it is dewatered.

The battery paste and other lead-containing materials are fed into furnaces together with a reducing agent and smelted to produce lead metal. The grids and poles are also smelted in the same way. The lead recovered through the smelting process is then refined to produce various bespoke lead alloys, primarily for the battery industry.

In Europe up to 75% of the lead material consumed is derived from secondary recycling rather than primary production.

The recovered sulphuric acid can be processed to produce sodium or calcium sulphate which can be used in a variety of applications. Sodium sulphate, for example, can be used in detergent, glass and textile manufacturing. Calcium sulphate has a wide range of industrial uses from the construction industry to the food industry.

Plastics recovered from the recycling operations are further sorted into various fractions and of these the most valuable is polypropylene from the battery case. This is processed and cleaned and is then broken into chip, dried, compounded, melted and extruded to form plastic pellets. New battery cases and other automotive products are produced from these pellets, with several vehicle manufacturers among the list of ECOBAT’s customers.

 

In the UK, ECOBAT Battery Technologies, formally Manbat, utilises the group’s expertise to provide a fully compliant battery scrap collection service. All collections are then recycled through its own group smelting facilities. This is not only complementary to its core specialist battery supplier activity, but also positions it as a true ‘closed loop’ green supplier.

 

For further details, please contact ECOBAT Battery Technologies on: 01743 218500 or visit: www.ecobat.tech

Published by GregWhitaker

Editor of CAT Magazine and an experienced motoring journalist

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