London, UK AEA Technology has set up a £2 million facility in Scotland to develop technology for the recycling of Lithium-ion batteries. The project, which will be based in Golspie in the North East of Scotland, will be 55 per cent funded by The Scottish Executive and the remainder by AEAT.
The facility will be the first of its kind in the UK and is part of a drive by AEAT's subsidiary, AEA Battery Systems, to provide customers with a cradle to grave service through the management of entire portable power fleets.
Andrew McCree, group managing director of AEA Technology, said, “We believe the new recycling plant will be a strong, profitable niche business. It will be the only one of its kind in Europe and we believe it will attract considerable interest as new environmental regulations take effect.
“Using the expertise and technical know-how of our people and the experience we have gained in developing the next generation of Lithium-ion batteries, we are confident that we can position AEAT at the forefront of battery recycling.”
Under environmental regulations due to be introduced in 2005, battery manufacturers/equipment suppliers will be increasingly responsible for the recycling of their batteries. At present, Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries are shipped to France where they are incinerated and material recovery is limited.