Morrow agrees battery cell scrap recycling deal with Stena

Morrow agrees battery cell scrap recycling deal with Stena

Morrow agrees battery cell scrap recycling deal with Stena 1024 439 Energy Storage Journal

February 29, 2024: Morrow Batteries said on February 27 it had agreed a deal to send production scrap from its Norwegian battery cell factory to be handled by Sweden-based Stena Recycling.

Stena will collect and store production scrap and its new Halmstad battery recycling facility in the south of Sweden for the next 1-1/2 years.

The companies will also consider the potential for establishing a bigger facility in the south of Norway to handle Morrow’s waste.

Stena said its advanced recycling process enables enable battery material to be recovered and used to manufacture new batteries with high recycling rates.

On its recycling process, including the handling of black mass, Stena’s product area manager for batteries, Marcus Martinsson, told Energy Storage Journal: “Black mass is not one homogenic product, but a great variety of qualities depending on the type of cathode and sometimes also anode properties in the different lithium ion cells being recycled.”

Martinsson said Stena produces “several black mass qualities” which are sent on to various processing partners depending on type.

One of the company’s processing partners is Germany’s BASF, which in common with others uses a hydrometallurgical refining processes aimed at achieving the smallest possible energy footprint, Martinsson said.

Pictured, from left: Lars Christian Bacher, CEO of Morrow, Stina Torjesen, sustainability director at Morrow, Christian Lian, COO Stena Recycling Norge, Marcus Martinsson, product area manager for batteries at Stena