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Battery recycling and ecosystems

Individual course

This course will give the student an overview of battery recycling and ecosystems. During the course, mechanical and chemical processes for battery recycling are studied. Battery recycling is considered from the sustainability viewpoint, taking into account environmental and economic issues and related legislation of battery recycling. Some recent industrial activities of battery recycling are considered.

Course contents

  • Battery types for recycling
  • Current state-of-the-art of battery recycling
  • Battery cell disassembling
  • Pyrometallurgical processes for battery recycling
  • Hydrometallurgical processes
  • Challenges related to sustainability of battery recycling
  • Legislation and battery directive
  • Key industrial activities on battery recycling

Learning outcomes

  • The student will learn the basic knowledge of battery recycling and its ecosystems.
  • The student understands the chemistry of pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes for battery recycling.
  • Further, student will learn how to improve battery recycling from sustainable chemistry viewpoint.
  • The student will become familiar also with the legislation related to battery recycling, and some recent industrial activities.

Course material and technology

Moodle for learning environment, lecture recordings on the course platform. Zoom for online implementation.

Completion methods

Examination based on the course exercises.

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Sustainability, Battery, Recycling, kierrätys, kestävä kehitys, akkukierrätys, ympäristö

Responsible teacher

University of Oulu
Ulla Lassi, Professor

Further information about the course and studying

University of Oulu
Arja Korhonen

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Applications and technologies of energy storages,
Chemical process and environmental engineering,
Chemistry and materials of energy storages,
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University of Oulu
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Adult learner,
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General prerequisites:
Basic knowledge of batteries and battery chemistry.
Course suitable for:
Adult learners in industry, researchers and students in universities
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