BASF has successfully commissioned its metals refinery for battery recycling in Schwarzheide, Germany.

The plant optimizes BASF's innovative battery recycling technology, processing end-of-life lithium-ion batteries and battery production waste.

This will facilitate optimum recovery of precious metals such as lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese and copper when the technology is scaled up.

The prototype metal refinery is a further step in the construction of Europe's first battery materials production and recycling center in Schwarzheide.

"With the rapid growth expected in the electric vehicle market, battery recycling offers competitive and sustainable access to critical metals," said Dr. Daniel Schönfelder, President of BASF's Catalysts Division.

"We will use the extracted metals to establish a truly local circular economy for the battery value chain."

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