Status ‘end of waste’: Official approval for second life for batteries from electric cars

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A Li-ion battery converted for a ‘second life’ (Foto: ARN)

Amsterdam, The Netherlands — In collaboration with various parties, ARN has developed a route that allows parties to have the status ‘end of waste’ awarded to batteries from electric or hybrid cars. This means that following their use in the car, lithium-ion (Li-ion) and other batteries from an electric or hybrid car can be officially reused, for other purposes, such as renewable energy storage.

Autobedrijf Peter Ursem based in Hoorn is the first party to have successfully completed this procedure and to have actually converted a Li-ion battery for a ‘second life’.

Following the completion of a successful pilot in 2015 on the island of Pampus, where a battery is now used for renewable energy storage, ARN is delighted that the way is now clear for other parties to legally give batteries a second life. ARN’s managing director Arie de Jong commented: “The reuse of parts from cars is essential. It is our belief that they should be returned as far up the value chain as possible. This is the ultimate example of such high-value reuse. In collaboration with all parties in the chain, ARN aims to ensure the continued careful use of raw materials.”

Giving batteries a second life also saves on costs. As de Jong argued, “Batteries from electric or hybrid cars are less suitable for use in a car once their storage capacity has fallen. The recycling of these batteries is a costly process. However, this lower storage capacity represents no problem when the battery is used to store renewable energy.”

In the same way as it is an implementing body for the End-of-life Vehicles Management Decree (Bba), ARN is also an implementing organisation for the Battery Management Decree (Bbb). This Decree lays down a series of obligations for manufacturers and producers of batteries. For the collection and further processing of these batteries, ARN has joined forces with the Dutch batteries foundation Stibat. Together, they help make sure that batteries from electric and hybrid cars in the Netherlands are reused or recycled, without any harmful consequences for the environment.

Source: ARN