AEA Technology (AEAT) is to build a £2 million facility in Scotland for the recycling of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries.
The facility, which will be based in Sutherland in the north of Scotland, is being assisted by Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE), part of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) Network.
The project, which has attracted £1.06 million of assistance, is the largest-ever project to be assisted by the HIE Network.
Under environmental regulations due to be introduced in 2005, battery manufacturers/equipment suppliers will be increasingly responsible for the recycling of their batteries. At present, Li-ion rechargeable batteries are shipped to France where they are incinerated and material recovery is limited.
AEAT are also in discussion with the HIE network regarding the establishment of a further research and development facility in Scotland for its battery systems business.