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Aalto Hydromet and BATCircle a Big Hit at WCEF2019

Ben Wilson at WCEF 2019
Staff Scientist Ben Wilson discussing the need for improved recycling of battery waste

Members of the Hydromet research group recently attended the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF 2019) that was held in Finlandia Hall, Helsinki from 3rd to 4th June as part of a joint initiative between Aalto Sustainability Hub (ASH) and Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS). Presentations by the team included one-on-one discussions related to the sustainable circulation of critically important metals with a range of key stakeholders from education, industry, politics and NGOs.

In addition, a representation of the BATCircle project based on the different stages required for the industrial recycling of Li-Ion batteries was also on display and generated a significant amount of discussion related to the need to more effectively deal with battery wastes and the increased demand for Co, Ni, Li and REMs for electric vehicle (EV) applications.

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