Australian paper mill producing cyrene
A Tasmanian made by-product of paper waste is being used in Europe to repower old electric vehicle batteries. Earlier this year, the Norske Skog Boyer paper mill began producing Cyrene, a non-toxic solvent made from by-products of the papermaking process.
The bio-based solvent is being produced at an on-site plant at Boyer, in a joint venture between Norske Skog and the Circa Group, to replace harmful solvents used in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The product is being used as part of the Reclamation, Remanufacture of Lithium Ion Batteries project funded by UK Research and Innovation through the Faraday Battery Challenge - a European initiative aimed at creating cost-effective, recyclable car batteries.
And with the world's electric car fleet now past 5 million and expected to reach 130 million by 2030, it is predicted millions of tonnes of spent batteries will need recycling. In 2015, the State Government provided AU$1.5 million towards the construction of the plant with the funding later matched by a Federal Government investment.
Source: Friday Offcuts
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