Orano and its industrial partners launch a pilot project for recycling electric vehicle batteries

PARIS–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Regulatory news:

The Orano Group is joining forces with recognized partners in the field – Paprec, MTB Manufacturing, Saft and CEA – to test an innovative process for recycling metals contained in electric vehicle batteries.

Known as RECYVABAT (Recycling and Recovery of Batteries), the project is part of the concept of the circular economy, giving a second life to valuable battery materials. The challenge is great: by 2030, the number of electric vehicles in circulation in the world is expected to increase from 10 million to 100 million today.

As a group, Orano and its partners have developed a process that purifies and recovers separately the metals contained in the batteries of electric vehicles (lithium, cobalt, nickel, etc.) so that they can be recycled and transformed into new battery components. .

By pooling their expertise, the partners have the skills necessary to cover the entire value chain: collection and dismantling of battery packs by Paprec; preparation of materials using equipment supplied by MTB; production of new components by Saft from materials recycled by Orano; and CEA-Liten’s contribution to research activities throughout the life cycle.

Two industrial pilots will be built in the new facilities of the CIME (Center for Innovation in Extractive Metallurgy) on the Orano site in Bessines-sur-Gartempe in Limousin in order to carry out trials and technical tests on the process.

Recycling batteries is an important way to protect the environment because it limits the impact on natural resources. It also strengthens French and European autonomy in the procurement of strategic materials.

The RECYVABAT project meets the criteria of the economic recovery plan initiated by the French government and the roadmap for projects supported by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region. The group obtained € 6.1 million in grants from France Relance and € 334,000 from the Region.

About the partners

About Orano

Recognized international operator in the field of nuclear materials, Orano provides solutions to meet current and future global energy and health challenges.

Its expertise and mastery of advanced technologies allow Orano to offer its customers products and services with high added value throughout the fuel cycle.

Every day, the 16,500 employees of the Orano group mobilize their skills, their unwavering attachment to safety and the constant search for innovation, with the commitment to develop know-how in the transformation and control of nuclear materials, to climate and for health and resources. efficient world, now and tomorrow.

Orano, giving full value to nuclear energy.


The group was founded and has been managed since its creation by Jean-Luc Petithuguenin. French leader in recycling, Paprec is today the third French player in waste treatment (anaerobic digestion, composting and management of ordinary waste storage facilities).

In 25 years, it has grown from 45 to 12,500 employees at more than 280 sites in France and Switzerland. Its turnover for 2021 will reach 2 billion euros.

The Paprec Group has been known and recognized since its creation for its commitment to diversity, secularism and the fight against all forms of discrimination within the company. Jean-Luc Petithuguenin has also been twice chosen for the Entrepreneur of the Year award, by Ernst and Young and by BFM Business. The writing of Urine Nouvelle [a weekly French business magazine] named it Manufacturer of the Year in 2020.

MTB Group

MTB Group is the only player in the world to have the dual competence of recycling operator and manufacturer of recycling solutions. For 40 years, more than 40,000 tonnes of waste have been processed each year at the company’s historic recycling site. A Zero Waste commitment and an ambitious premium positioning to supply raw materials with an incredibly low environmental impact differentiate MTB Recycling.

MTB Manufacturing designs processes and manufactures equipment for recycling industrial waste (cables, WEEE, shredding residues, tires, batteries, etc.). An innovative player who invests in its means of production and R&D (8% of turnover) for the future of future generations and participates in numerous eco-design projects in order to develop tailor-made solutions for waste technical and technological.

VTT Group, France – 180 employees.

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Saft specializes in high-tech battery solutions for industry, from design and development to production, customization and service delivery. For over 100 years, Saft’s long-life batteries and systems have provided critical safety applications, back-up power and propulsion to our customers. Our innovative, safe and reliable technology delivers high performance on land, at sea, in the air and in space. Saft powers industry and smarter cities, while providing essential backup functionality in remote and harsh environments, from the Arctic Circle to the Sahara Desert. Saft is a 100% subsidiary of TotalEnergies, a large energy group that produces and markets fuels, natural gas and electricity.


The CEA is a key player in research, development and innovation in four major areas: energy transition, digital transition, technologies for the medicine of the future and defense and security. The CEA provides public authorities and industry with its expertise and innovative technologies for the deployment of low-carbon energy systems. In an integrated approach to energy systems, the CEA is carrying out research on all sources of low-carbon energy production (nuclear and renewable energies) and on their interactions within the supply system (storage, management and conversion), as well as as on the question of resources (waste management and recycling) intensively oriented towards the circular economy. The CEA also carries out construction and renovation programs for its nuclear facilities, as well as dismantling and decontamination operations.

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