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Free seminar to disseminate findings of the ABACUS project researching ways to extend and recycle EV batteries

Ben Peace, KTN’s Sustainability Lead, will be one of the presenters at seminar coming up in May that will examine the challenges associated with the manufacture, in-vehicle use, remanufacturing and recycling of high voltage electric vehicle batteries.

The one day seminar at the Motor Heritage Centre in Gaydon, will disseminate early learning from a Jaguar Land Rover led project that's currently looking at ways to preserve and extend the life of electric vehicle batteries.

KTN’s involvement dates back to promotional support for Innovate UK's late 2013 Supply chain innovation towards a circular economy competition, through which the two year ABACUS - or innovAtive Business models and design Approaches for extending the in-serviCe battery life of fUture low carbon vehicleS - was funded to the tune of just under £590,000.


Towards a circular economy for EV batteries

According to The University of Warwick’s WMG, another participant of the consortium fulfilling the project, the proposed aim is to achieve a waste stream reduction of 50%-70% compared to current industry best-practice for an EV battery system. The project also includes such 'circular economy' principles as prevention, modularity, re-purposing and re-manufacture, embedded with traditional automotive targets such as reduced cost, weight and volume.

The other partners are G&P Batteries Limited, of Darlaston, and Potenza Technology Limited, based in Coventry.

Last June, six months into the project, Ben highlighted challenges identified by WMG early on in the project relating to the testing state-of-health and state-of-charge of cells, issues relating to transporting batteries safely and developing EV battery pack re-manufacturability metrics. Uncertainties relating to intellectual property law on remanufacturing, a lack of legal definition for remanufacture, what is best practice for storage of lithium-ion battery packs and new transport legislation were also highlighted.


Extending In-Service Life of Electric Vehicle Batteries

The one day seminar Electric Vehicle Batteries: Challenges and Best Practices for Extending In-Service Life, is to be held on Wednesday 18 May at 10:00am to 4pm, at the National Motor Museum (Heritage Centre), Gaydon CV35 0BJ.

The workshop will share information and good practice relating to the extension of the in-service life of high voltage batteries for electric vehicle applications.

A series of short presentations will be supported with workshop sessions relating to critical aspects and the challenges associated with the manufacture, in-vehicle use, remanufacturing and recycling of high voltage batteries. Opportunities will be built into the event to network, share participants’ knowledge and have specific questions answered.

Topics addressed include the sharing of good practices for overcoming issues and challenges associated with in-service life and remanufacturing.

The event will also cover related projects and future funding opportunities under Innovate UK’s Horizon 2020 challenge.


Related projects

Last summer, KTN promoted Innovate UK’s Spearheading Electric Vehicle Battery Production competition, the upshot of which was the £10 million AMPLiFII project - or Automated Module-to-pack Pilot Line For Industrial Innovation.

Amplifii also has WMG and JLR as members of an 11 strong consortium. Another is Axion Recycling, that will be looking at end-of-life as aspects for this project.

KTN has also had involvement, via Nissan UK, with the Horizon 2020 funded Energy Local Storage Advanced system (ELSA) project, looking to enable integration of energy storage into the energy system by combining second life batteries with a local ICT-based Energy Management System.

In addition, KTN is a partner in the REBus project that is pilot and develop resource efficient, resilient and profitable business models.


Developing a circular economy for energy storage

Ben Peace sees the UK as having potential to have a leadership role in automotive battery manufacturing.

“The All-Party Parliamentary Manufacturing Group policy report Industrial Evolution: Making British Manufacturing Sustainable singles out energy storage and business models as areas where the UK can excel”

This October 2015 report recommended that the UK Government prioritise measures to increase the reliability of renewables and to mitigate their intermittency, including R&D efforts toward energy storage among other technologies.

Ben further described potential business models for a circular economy in an essay published in February 2016 in a collection of expert opinions Driving Resource Efficiency across Supply Chains, published the the All Party Sustainability Group.

Ben will be travelling on a mission to China at the end of May with the head of manufacturing at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and others, as part of the Development of Remanufacturing Standards in China projectto support development of remanufacturing standards.


Registration for the ABACUS dissemination event

The Electric Vehicle Batteries: Challenges and Best Practices for Extending In-Service Lifeevent is free of charge, but places are limited and registration is required by 30 April 2016.

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