AZO Cleantech reports that the system is using robotics, software and automation to complete the task and it could help us reduce waste coming from used batteries.
These can be repurposed into things like storage systems or disassembled professionally if they reached the end of their operational life.
Four different organizations cooperated on the project, one of them being Aceleron, the company which designed and built the batteries that can be disassembled for repairs and upgrades, making them the only cells in the world with these properties.
This technology can not only mean that less battery waste is likely to form, but also the fact that each cell can have a potentially infinite lifespan.
Innvotek Ltd, specialist in the automation of inspection, equipment and expertise provider MEV and Brunel Innovation Center, supplier of academic research were the three other entities that took part in the project.
Carlton Cummins, Aceleron’s CTO and co-founder, stated that "the average EV battery uses over 3,000 individual cells. When that battery reaches the end of its life, we estimate that at least half of the cells will still have a state of health higher than 80%."
Michael Corsar, CTO at Innvotek added that "although recycling batteries preserves some of the materials, it is not a particularly environmentally friendly process."
"So, using our automation skills to develop a product that has the potential to reduce battery waste so significantly has been a rewarding experience for the team", he concluded.
The four organizations are looking to secure additional funding, which should help them find new technologies that can allow for extending the lifespan of batteries.