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Led by Aalto University, the Finland-based circular ecosystem of battery metals consortium (BATCircle in short) aims at improving the manufacturing processes of mining industry, metals industry and battery chemicals, and to increase the recycling of lithium-ion batteries. Its goal is to strengthen the cooperation between companies and research organizations in Finland, and to find new business opportunities.
Battery material samples in small bottles organized in a row

Joint industry-academia project

  • 4 universities
  • 2 research centers
  • 8 large companies
  • 15 SMEs
  • 2 cities
  • 22 M€ budget

The BATCircle ecosystem consists of key Finnish research and industrial actors involved in the battery metals sector. The ecosystem comprises four universities (Aalto University, University of Oulu, University of Eastern Finland, LUT University), two research centres (GTK, VTT), eight large companies, fifteen SMEs, and two cities (see full list of project members below) with a total budget of 22 M€. The ecosystem has been formed under Business Finland's “Batteries from Finland” programme. The cooperation effort is expected to lead to the formation of a domestic battery metals ecosystem that follows the principles of circular economy.

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    Battery metal and material samples on glass dishes organized in a circle

    Project members and roles

    The open research in BATCircle is conducted by the academic partners, while confidential research is conducted in company-specific R&I projects. The key objective of the BATCircle project is to find ways of adding value to the battery metals sector. This will be achieved by more efficient screening and utilization of the domestic mineral resources, enhancement of the metal refining processes, more efficient recycling of battery metals, improved co-operation between the companies and research organizations as well as through the identification of new business opportunities between partners.

    BATCircle also has an Advisory board, which is an extended network of national and international stakeholders interested in the ecosystem activities. The Advisory board is invited to yearly open seminars and receives news from the ecosystem and other activities ongoing in Finland.

    BATCircle partners are tightly involved in EU level decision-making and other activities through ETIP Batteries Europe where Aalto University and Metso Outotec are heading the Working group 2, “Raw materials and recycling”. BATCircle members Fortum, Keliber and Terrafame, as well as Advisory Board members BASF and Valmet Automotive, have participated in an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI). BATCircle members Finnish Minerals Group, Fortum and Metso Outotec are represented in the Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA).

    Logos of the consortium members set in a circle.
    Close-up of battery waste
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