Our understanding of corporate social responsibility includes the responsibility for sustainable products and production which also includes battery recycling. Ultimately, this can only be achieved by producing and processing raw materials ethically and sustainably from the mine through to end of life management. We therefore use a carbon-neutral process certified by DEKRA to manufacture our cells.
Pioneering Battery Recycling
In addition, Farasis has a proprietary direct recycling process for lithium-ion batteries. This process is the result of more than 10 years of pioneering research and development in the field of lithium-ion battery recycling. It reduces waste and conserves resources by recovering and reusing valuable lithium-ion battery materials, notably the cathode powder, from used batteries, and cell manufacturing scrap for new production – all whilst maintaining cell performance.
The cathode material is one of the most expensive components in cell production. We have found a way to directly recover the active cathode material powder without the need for re-synthesis, thus retaining the high value of the original cathode material. This results in both cost and energy savings. In addition, the inclusion of scrap material in cell manufacturing can increase the cathode powder utilization efficiency to over 99 percent.
The extraction of raw materials is an important factor that needs to be considered when talking about the ethical implications of vehicle batteries. We are a member of the RCI (Responsible Cobalt Initiative), which aims to advance compliance with ethical standards in cobalt mining, and we are committed to implementing the IRMA standard for lithium and cobalt mines.
All relevant documentation like supplier notification, supply chain due diligence policy, supply chain management appeal and communication mechanism can be found here.