Project duration: 1 January 2018 – 31 March 2021


In the project AutoBatRec2020, the close cooperation of the battery recycler Umicore, the battery producer Samsung, the automotive group Daimler and the recycling plant manufacturer ImpulsTec, covering the whole value chain and supported by the respective R&D skills of TU BA Freiberg, CEA and Fraunhofer in batteries, recycling, process automation and resource strategies, will give the chance to change the game in that field.

The holistic approach to creating an industrialized battery recycling process with high efficiency, high throughput, and high recovery rate is essential for the sustainable implementation of electric mobility and green energy in Europe.

The solution (technology)

AutoBatRec2020 will bring automotive battery recycling to a new level. It has the aim to develop an industrialized recycling process in Europe that provides a sustainable raw materials source for its high-tech industry.


  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V., Germany (Lead partner)
  • French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France
  • Daimler AG, Germany
  • ImpulsTec, Germany
  • Samsung SDI Battery Systems GmbH Austria, Austria
  • Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany
  • UMICORE NV, Belgium