Fortum Battery Recycling explores new frontier in sustainable battery materials

Circular economy

Germany – Fortum Battery Recycling is considering the establishment of a production facility for sustainable secondary battery materials in Artern, Thuringia, Germany.

This potential expansion demonstrates the company’s commitment to growth and its aim to provide recycled raw materials for the European battery value chain. Fortum Battery Recycling has already made significant strides in the field of battery recycling. Earlier this year, the company launched its first commercial operations in Kirchardt, Germany, with a mechanical processing plant. In April, they inaugurated a hydrometallurgical facility in Harjavalta, Finland, which currently stands as Europe’s largest closed-loop recycling facility. These facilities, combined with their pre-treatment services in Kirchardt and mechanical processing unit in Ikaalinen, form a comprehensive network for the recycling of batteries across the entire value chain.

Artern opportunity

Artern, located in Thuringia’s industrial area, offers strategic advantages for Fortum Battery Recycling. Its central location provides proximity to major battery and automotive companies, facilitating efficient logistics and collaboration. The local authorities and stakeholders have displayed strong support and commitment to the potential development, facilitating productive discussions and planning for the settlement.

Thuringia’s commitment

Thuringia aims to establish itself as a leading region for the battery industry, covering the entire value chain from research and production to recycling. Wolfgang Tiefensee, Thuringia’s Minister for Economic Affairs, welcomes Fortum’s investment project and emphasizes the importance of recycling technologies in supporting the green transformation of the economy. Thuringia’s supportive environment and expertise make it an attractive hub for battery-related investments and advancements in recycling.

The establishment of the facility could generate approximately 70 new jobs, contributing to the region’s economic growth and development.

Sustainable future

Fortum Battery Recycling’s expansion plans align with the increasing demand for recycled battery materials by battery manufacturers. By 2030, the company aims to enhance its recycling capacity to handle over 200,000 tonnes of battery waste. This growth will involve the establishment of additional hydrometallurgical facilities and mechanical units, allowing for the production of sustainable black mass for recycling. Fortum Battery Recycling aims to support the industry’s transition towards more sustainable battery production in Europe.