14 November 2022

REcycling Li-Ion batteries for Green Hybrid Technologies

The renewable energy is key to reach the EU climate targets to decarbonize the economy by 2050. But it is necessary the implementation of energy storage solutions to increase the efficiency of the grid management. Also, as the electric vehicles (EV) market grows exponentially, many batteries at the end of their useful life (EoL) for EV applications are being processed as a waste. LIFE ReLiGHT will facilitate the transition to a circular system increasing the resources efficiency by demonstrating, at large scale, the high-performance of a pioneer modular Battery Energy Storage Solution (BESS) that will transform the 100% of EoL EV Lithium-Ion batteries (LIB) -considering the heterogeneity from 4 different providers- in second life products for their integration into renewable plants providing flexibility and different services to the electrical grid. This will open the door to a new type of hybrid renewable plants displacing energy to those periods where renewable sources cannot guarantee the supply of energy, avoiding carbon-based energy sources. This novel circular economy approach will be implemented along the whole value chain of the EV sector thanks to the multidisciplinary consortium involved: receipt of the EoL LIB modules, modules testing and classification, assembly of new battery packages, demonstration in stationary energy applications (renewable plant) and evaluation of different business cases, replacement of batteries at EoL and proper recycling. LIFE ReLiGHT will: Reduce 102.31tn of EoL batteries waste in EV applications and extend their lifetime up to 10 years; Reduce the environmental impact of the LIB by 600tn CO2eq/year of GHG emissions; Demonstrate the robustness and high-performance of a pioneer modular 5.6MW/11.2MWh BESS; Demonstrate the cost-effective alternative to conventional storage systems; Promote knowledge and stimulate the innovation, education, public awareness and job creation (14 new positions) in the battery and energy sectors.

Within the framework of the project, CEN Solutions will study, manufacture and integrate three containers (6MWh) of the six second-life battery containers required by the 11.2MWh final storage system that make up the LIFE ReLiGHT project.

The batteries integrated by CEN will come from two different electric vehicle manufacturers. In addition, CEN will coordinate with the rest of the partners for the correct integration between batteries, power electronics and control system in La Herrada wind farm.

LIFE21-ENV-ES-LIFE ReLiGHT

Ref: LIFE21-ENV-ES-LIFE-ReLiGHT/101074411

BENEFICIARIES

NameType
BEEPLANET FACTORY SLParticipant
ENVIROBAT ESPANA SLParticipant
CAPITAL ENERGY SERVICES SLUCoordinator
CAPITAL ENERGY ENGINEERING SLParticipant
HYBRID ENERGY STORAGE SOLUTIONS SOCIEDAD LIMITADAParticipant
CUADROS ELECTRICOS NAZARENOS SLParticipant
ASOCIACION EMPRESARIAL DE PILAS, BATERIAS Y ALMACENAMIENTO ENERGETICOParticipant