Karnataka: Karnataka: As electric vehicles set to see huge increase, government eyes urban mining to manage waste | Bangalore News

BENGALURU: With Karnataka, Bengaluru in particular set to see an exponential increase in electric vehicles (EVs) over the next five years, mining waste batteries may soon become a catchphrase in the recycling industry.
Anticipating a “battery waste” problem, the government is working to introduce “urban mining” methods to recover rare metals from discarded batteries.
A roadmap to guide Karnataka in formulating effective methods of managing EV battery waste has been unveiled by Niti Aayog and the UK government in conjunction with the state government. The document, which aims to turn Bengaluru into a global “EV beacon”, also recommends detailed guidelines on the safe handling of waste EV batteries.
Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) officials say India could have over 1.5 million tonnes of used lithium-ion batteries, with 20-30% in Bengaluru, depending on EV penetration.
Shanth A Thimmaiah, Chairman of the KSPCB, said: “A big concern is a possible accumulation of used batteries. In addition to urban mining, we have reviewed the e-waste policy of 2016 and the battery management and handling rules of 2001.”
Murugesh Nirani, Minister of Industry, said the state will soon unveil a recycling policy. “We have already consulted with some industry leaders,” he said. “It is a red category industry and requires appropriate regulation. We have already received investment proposals from major manufacturers of batteries for electric vehicles, so we are exploring markets for the reuse of recovered materials. The report indicates that sales of electric vehicles in Bengaluru will reach 30% for passenger cars, 70% for commercial vehicles, 40% for buses and 80% for two-wheelers and three-wheelers by 2030.
“Given this growth, we need more than 50,000 charging stations and Bescom is working on it,” said V Sunil Kumar, Minister of Energy. “We are also considering using recycled batteries in storage applications in hybrid energy parks. ”
A KSPCB science officer said programs were underway to engage local battery dealers and battery waste managers on the concept of urban mining. There are over 30 registered battery recyclers in Bangalore and surrounding areas.
“Metals like nickel, cadmium, cobalt and manganese that are recovered from old batteries are as good as the original. Rather than new investment in exploration and mining, we can reuse them and treat waste batteries,” Thimmaiah said.

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