We Research: Using spectroscopy to investigate recycled material flows
Investments related to the green transition and energy use are rapidly increasing the demand for technology metals. The production and storage of wind turbines, solar panels, batteries and hydrogen, among others, require a large amount of metals. As society becomes more electrified, the availability of technology metals will decrease and recycling will become important. A well-functioning recycling of critical materials would have the potential to reduce the risk of availability of critical materials.
Satakunta University of Applied Sciences is looking at spectroscopy as a way to improve the recycling of technology metals and battery materials. If recycling material flows could be tested by online measurements using spectroscopy, the adjustment of material processes would be facilitated and more efficient material flows would be possible. The AIST and SUMEA projects are exploring the application of spectroscopy to battery recycling and molten metal analysis, which would benefit industry by improving the efficiency of recycled material process flows.