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19.04.2021 Magnetic separator for University of Birmingham

Bunting-Redditch, UK, has supplied a laboratory-scale rare earth roll separator to the lithium-ion battery recycling research facility at University of Birmingham’s School of Metallurgy and Minerals.  The high-intensity magnetic separator enables the separation of very weakly magnetic particles.

The Faraday Institution is funding the ReLiB (Recycling and Reuse of Li-ion Batteries) project, researching the reclamation, reuse and recycling of batteries used in electric vehicles.  As a key part of the project, Birmingham University’s School of Metallurgy and Minerals has established a new research facility assessing the chemical and physical challenges of effectively managing the reuse and recycling of car batteries.  This includes a battery shredding facility and a range of physical separation equipment.

Throughout the project, the team from the University of Birmingham worked closely with Bunting applications engineers based at the Redditch manufacturing plant.  The university team regularly employs the wide range of laboratory-scale separation equipment at Bunting’s Customer Experience Centre in Redditch, including a state-of-the-art electrostatic separator.

Previously, the university purchased a laboratory-scale metal separation module comprising a high-strength rare earth drum magnet and eddy current separator.  This focuses on the recovery of non-ferrous metals.

The new laboratory-scale rare earth roll separator works in conjunction with other separation equipment, enabling the separation of various anode and cathode materials from the shredded battery components.


Bunting laboratory-scale rare earth roll separator

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