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Mercedes-Benz builds battery recycling plant: 'This is the mine of tomorrow'

By: Hidde Middelweerd

Mine of tomorrow. That's what Mercedes-Benz calls the battery factory it's building in Kuppenheim, Germany. In the factory, 96 percent of the materials in used batteries can be recovered.
Lithium, copper, nickel, manganese... Batteries are packed with valuable materials. These raw materials are not only scarce, their extraction is often accompanied by environmental damage and human rights violations. Recycling and reuse is therefore important. Mercedes-Benz took a first and important step in that direction this week.

Recover 96 percent of raw materials
In the south of Germany, the car manufacturer laid the foundation stone of a large battery recycling plant. The first part of the factory, where used batteries are completely dismantled, will already be commissioned this year. A few months later, a pilot installation for hydrometallurgy is added.

Hydrometallurgy is a process of recovering metals in an aqueous solution. According to the car manufacturer, it can recover more than 96 percent of the raw materials in batteries.

CO2 neutral recycling
Ultimately, all necessary steps for battery recycling must take place within the factory doors. From dismantling the batteries and shredding and sorting the raw materials to preparing the raw materials for reuse in Mercedes-Benz electric cars.
The recycling plant must produce 2,500 tons of recycled materials annually, enough for the production of more than 50,000 battery modules. The factory will also operate completely CO2 neutral, says Mercedes-Benz in a press release, for example thanks to solar panels on the roof.

Electric cars
Mercedes-Benz now has several electric cars in its portfolio with the EQ series. The German car manufacturer expects to have converted several factories in the second half of this decade, where only electric cars will be produced by then. In addition, it is working on its own network of fast chargers.
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  • Markus Lutteman

    70 w

    Wow. Recycling 96% of all raw material is a great achievement!

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    • We Don't Have Time

      70 w

      Dear Wil Sillen Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to Mercedes-Benz and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Adam We Don't Have Time

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      • Annett Michuki..

        70 w

        the more we recycle, the less garbages end up in our landfills

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        • rosebellendiritu

          70 w

          @annett_michuki and that's the goal...less to zero waste

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        • Mc Kaka Official🇰🇪

          70 w

          Strides towards net zero

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          • Johannes Luiga

            70 w

            A very important step towards circularity

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            • Elizabeth Gathigia

              70 w

              This is amazing with battery recycling and electric cars, it's promising

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              • rosebellendiritu

                70 w

                @elizbeth_gathigia the future is bright in this industry

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              • Munene Mugambi

                70 w

                Ensures zero wastage of electric vehicle parts.

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                • Joyce Waturu

                  70 w

                  Quite a charge👏

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