UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Technology Metals (TechMet)

Lead Research Organisation: University of Exeter
Department Name: Camborne School of Mines

Abstract

The Circular Economy (CE) is a revolutionary alternative to a traditional linear, make-use-dispose economy. It is based on the central principle of maintaining continuous flows of resources at their highest value for the longest period and then recovering, cascading and regenerating products and materials at the end of each life cycle. Metals are ideal flows for a circular economy. With careful stewardship and good technology, metals mined from the Earth can be reused indefinitely.

Technology metals (techmetals) are an essential, distinct, subset of specialist metals. Although they are used in much smaller quantities than industrial metals such as iron and aluminium, each techmetal has its own specific and special properties that give it essential functions in devices ranging from smart phones, batteries, wind turbines and solar cells to electric vehicles. Techmetals are thus essential enablers of a future circular, low carbon economy and demand for many is increasing rapidly. E.g., to meet the UK's 2050 ambition for offshore wind turbines will require 10 years' worth of global neodymium production. To replace all UK-based vehicles with electric vehicles would require 200% of cobalt and 75% of lithium currently produced globally each year. The UK is 100% reliant on imports of techmetals including from countries that represent geopolitical risks. Some techmetals are therefore called Critical Raw Materials (high economic importance and high risk of supply disruption). Only four of the 27 raw materials considered critical by the EU have an end-of-life recycling input rate higher than 10%.

Our UKRI TechMet CE Centre brings together for the first time world-leading researchers to maximise opportunities around the provision of techmetals from primary and secondary sources, and lead materials stewardship, creating a National Techmetals Circular Economy Roadmap to accelerate us towards a circular economy. This will help the UK meet its Industrial Strategy Clean Growth agenda and its ambitious UK 2050 climate change targets with secure and environmentally-acceptable supplies of techmetals.

There are many challenges to a future techmetal circular economy. With growing demand, new mining is needed and we must keep the environmental footprint of this primary production as low as possible. Materials stewardship of techmetals is difficult because their fate is often difficult to track. Most arrive in the UK 'hidden' in complex products from which they are difficult to recover. Collection is inefficient, consumers may not feel incentivised to recycle, and policy and legislative initiatives such as Extended Producer Responsibility focus on large volume metals rather than small quantity techmetals. There is a lack of end-to-end visibility and connection between different parts of techmetal value chains.

The TechMet consortium brings together the Universities of Exeter, Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester and the British Geological Survey who are already working on how to improve the raw materials cycle, manufacture goods to be re-used and recycled, recycle complex goods such as batteries and use and re-use equipment for as long as possible before it needs recycling. One of our first tasks is to track the current flows of techmetals through the UK economy, which although fundamental, is poorly known. The Centre will conduct new interdisciplinary research on interventions to improve each stage in the cycle and join up the value chain - raw materials can be newly mined and recycled, and manufacturing technology can be linked directly to re-use and recycling. The environmental footprint of our techmetals will be evaluated. Business, regulatory and social experts will recommend how the UK can best put all these stages together to make a new techmetals circular economy and produce a strategy for its implementation.

Organisations

Publications

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Description FW Member of UK Critical Minerals Expert Committee
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/business-secretary-opens-latest-meeting-of-the-critical-minerals-...
 
Description The role of battery and fuel cell technologies in achieving the UK's ambition to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
Impact Since the release of this report the government focus on critical raw materials essential for decarbonisation technologies have been reinforced with BEIS delivering the first UK criticality study, has set up a working group on critical raw materials, they are now working towards a strategy of critical raw materials and are plannign to set up a Mineral Intelligence centre. All the above including several actions on the battery front to support development of the battery supply chain in the UK have been announced in the UK Net Zero Strategy.
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/193/science-and-technology-committee-lords/
 
Description Assessing the circular economy potential of cobalt in the UK
Amount £44,609 (GBP)
Organisation Cobalt Institute 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2022 
End 10/2026
 
Description Circular Niobium
Amount £89,950 (GBP)
Organisation Innovate UK 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2022 
End 03/2023
 
Description Meeting with Simon Strickland, Cabinet Office (Aleksandra Cavoski and Bob Lee) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Simon Strickland, Cabinet Office
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description 15 July 2021 Presentation, TM Group, Implications of Environmental Social and Governance Investment (Prof Bob Lee) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact 15 July 2021 Presentation, TM Group, Implications of Environmental Social and Governance Investment
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description 20 August 2021 Meeting with Welsh Government re mining waste 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof. Bob Lee meeting with Welsh Government regarding mining waste on 20 August 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description 21 April 2021: Meeting, Coal Safety Expert Group (convened by UK and Welsh Governments - RGL Legal Adviser) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof. Bob Lee Meeting regarding Coal Safety Expert Group (convened by UK and Welsh Governments - RGL Legal Adviser): 21 April 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description 24 June 2021 - Speaker, Webinar, Landmark: ESG Data: Standardisation, Accessibility and Understanding (Prof. Bob Lee) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 24 June 2021 - Speaker, Webinar, Landmark: ESG Data: Standardisation, Accessibility and Understanding
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description 5 May 2021 - Speaker, Bristol Law Society, Introduction to ESG (Bob Lee) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 5 May 2021 - Speaker, Bristol Law Society, Introduction to ESG (Prof. Bob Lee)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description 6 May 2021 - Speaker, International Association of Young Lawyers, New frontiers of energy transitions (Prof Bob Lee) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 6 May 2021 - Speaker, International Association of Young Lawyers, New frontiers of energy transitions (Prof Bob Lee)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description 7 September 2021 Presentation, Searchflow, ESG and due diligence (Prof Bob Lee) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 7 September 2021 Presentation, Searchflow, ESG and due diligence
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Active Communications International Battery Recycling Conference - Title Future Lithium Ion Battery Recycling : Towards a roadmap. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Conference presentation, Chaired day of conference and hosted panel discussion on LIB Recycling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Annual Royce Institute Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Henry Royce Institute's flagship stakeholder conference to explore Royce's mission to develop advanced materials for a sustainable society. Presentation session outlined the UK's materials research priorities and direction to around 400 professional materials scientists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description As electric vehicles take off, we'll need to recycle their batteries :28/05/2021 (Gavin Harper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact News article about LIB Recycling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/article/electric-vehicles-take-off-recycling-ev-batte...
 
Description BLS Annual Research Conference - presentation on regulatory challenges surrounding switch to electric vehicles (Prof Aleksandra Cavoski) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact BLS Annual Research Conference - presentation on regulatory challenges surrounding switch to electric vehicles
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presented on responsible sourcing of metals; "Where will your electric car really come from?" Delivered online.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.brlsi.org/whatson/live-where-will-your-electric-car-really-come-from/
 
Description Battery Insiders Podcast (Jyoti Ahuja) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Battery Insiders Podcast
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Birmingham Policy Commission, invited preview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Allan Walton, Paul Anderson,Frances Wall, Bob Lee invited preview of Birmingham Policy Commission.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Brazilian Electrochemistry Society   Conference Prof. Abbott 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Brazilian Electrochemistry Society conference on  25th Nov 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Critical Minerals Association Breakfast Chat (Allan Walton, Frances Wall) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Critical Minerals Association Breakfast Chat
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description DASA visit to university of Exeter Penryn campus 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Frances Wall and Karen Hudson-Edwards discussed their research, Camborne School of Mines, Met4Tech, Exeter Extreme Environments - all of which could have cross-over interests to Defence & Security -- with visiting policy makers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Defra Portable Batteries Workshop (Bob Lee and Jyoti Ahuja) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Defra Portable Batteries Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Defra batteries consultation group 26/04/2021 (Bob Lee and Jyoti Ahuja) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Defra batteries consultation group
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Defra batteries consultation group: 15 July 2021(Bob Lee and Jyoti Ahuja) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Defra batteries consultation group: 15 July 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Design sprint 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact A 3-days design sprint to define the aims and objectives of the National Virtual Observatory for technology metals and to produce a prototype.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description EXE talk entitled 'If it can't be grown, it has to be mined' from Karen Hudson-Edwards 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact ExeTalks are a chance to discover some of the fascinating research undertaken at the University of Exeter, published on own YouTube Channel for additional audiences. Talk entitled 'If it can't be grown, it has to be mined', included Geomodels, legal and circular economy aims of this project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFoSKm2dtMw
 
Description Faster, greener technique to improve recycling process for electric vehicle batteries 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact News article about Lithium Ion Battery Recycling - method developed by Andy Abbott and the team at University of Leicester. Diagram by Gavin Harper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://techxplore.com/news/2021-06-faster-greener-technique-recycling-electric.html
 
Description Geological Society Energy Transition series first webinar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The first of a series of webinars and meetings to assess and highlight the role of Geosciences in the Energy Transition (ET). The first webinar was an overview of the Energy Transition and Geoscience contributions. Scientific progress and achievements in critical areas, the context of geosciences wrt society awareness, and Government Policy were covered.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Geological Society Public Lecture 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk on responsible sourcing of metals, LCA and the role geologists can play from the outset. Finished off with a game of 'Rare earths deposits deck' - a Top Trumps-style game developed to show the kind of issues exploration geologists, investors and consumers need to think about when comparing mineral deposits.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/expired/04-postponed-gsl-public-lecture-apr-2020
 
Description ITV Central West, 25th January 2022, 6PM Bulletin - Battery Recycling (Gavin Harper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Gavin Harper spoke to ITV Regional News.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SuE4I8Q43Y
 
Description Iberian-American Meeting on ionic liquids (Santiago Chile) 26th May 2021  
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Iberian-American Meeting on ionic liquids (Santiago Chile) on 26th May 2021, conference by Prof. Abbott 
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Imperial College London conference Prof. Abbott 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation Imperial college London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Institute for Global innovation- presentation on Circular economy benefits of EV battery leasing- 17 June 2021 (Dr Jyoti Ahuja) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Institute for Global innovation- presentation on Circular economy benefits of EV battery leasing- 17 June 2021
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description International Tin Association visit to University of Exeter Penryn Campus 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This constructive in-person meeting enabled a thorough discussion of the Met4Tech goals, and building stronger links between the academic and industrial fields. Met4Tech Thematic Area 2 is developing a detailed case study of technology metals (tin and tungsten) production networks in Cornwall.
The wealth of real world information that ITA can access will benefit the Met4Tech project greatly. The ITA is now working closely with the project team at British Geological Society on Thematic Area 1, describing material flows and value chains for the National Virtual Data Observatory. This transfer of key data, knowledge and skills through working collaboratively has ensured all parties gain from the connection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://met4tech.org/ita-visit2021/
 
Description Interview for New Scientist on EU recycling e-waste: 10.05.2021 (Aleksandra Cavoski, Jyoti Ahuja, Andy Abbott, Gavin Harper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Aleksandra Cavoksi and Jyoti Ahuja spoke with the Layal Liverpool (journalist) from the New Scientist for an article - The EU may make recycling e-waste a legal requirement - will it work?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.newscientist.com/article/2277074-the-eu-may-make-recycling-e-waste-a-legal-requirement-w...
 
Description Investing in Cornish Mining Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Paper entitled UNECE Resource Management System: Cornwall Case Study presented.~100 in person + unknown number online. Audience included representatives of operational mines, exploration companies, and mining supply chain, plus Gov officials (BEIS) and investors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Invited lecture, Royal Society of Chemistry Biotechnology and Environmental Chemistry Groups meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Royal Society of Chemistry special interest; Biotechnology and Environmental Chemistry Group event aimed to energise professional practitioners with a new network of like-minded scientists and a greater understanding of what is required from funders and policy makers to maximise impact. Invited lecturer, Karen HE presented on 'Chemistry for the Environment'. Presentation entitled 'Metal Pollution from Mining: Challenges and Opportunities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.envchemgroup.com/Chem4Env.html
 
Description Joint MSILDG-Electrochemistry Group Seminar Prof. Abbott 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Joint MSILDG-Electrochemistry Group Seminar conference by Prof. Abbott
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description KTN - Battery Recycling Event - presentation & panel session 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact KTN - Battery Recycling Event - presentation & panel session delivered by Dr Gavin Harper and Carol Pettit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Lecture on the use of DESs for metal recycling (Prof Andy Abbott) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Plenary Lecture on the use of DESs for metal recycling
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Lithium workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The UK decarbonisation targets as set in the UK net zero agenda would require critical technology metals, such as lithium to become available for the success of the low-carbon energy transition. The transition is likely to have important technological, geopolitical and socio-environmental consequences as profound as those observed during the shift to fossil fuels more than a hundred years ago.
This workshop sought to provide a platform to present up-to date research and promote a dialogue among different stakeholders of the lithium supply chain about the following topics:
• the challenges associated with its supply and use in key technologies such as the lithium-ion batteries (LIBs),
• knowledge gaps in research, regulations, data gaps across the whole supply chain,
• routes for strengthening collaboration and identification of opportunities for the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Meeting with Manufacturing Commission: 4 May 2021 (Bob Lee, Aleksandra Cavoski and Jyoti Ahuja) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Bob Lee, Aleksnadra Cavoski and Jyoti Ahuja meeting with Manufacturing Commission
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Met4Tech & Deep Digital Cornwall Joint Workshop: Data & Scenarios for Circularity. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Industry attendees gathered to discuss data sharing and future scenarios for circular economy of technology metals. primarily from mining backgrounds, with limited knowledge of CE the conversations were insightful and fruitful with the audience thankful for the new viewpoint. Collaborative workshop of two related projects based at the Exeter University - Met4Tech CE Centre and Deep Digital Cornwall
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Met4Tech website regular updates 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Met4Tech website is regularly updates with blogs via the News pages. these are regularly linked to our Twitter account, and LinkedIn.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://met4tech.org/news/
 
Description NICER launch program (Scenarios workshop) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This was national level launch of NICER program that was held from 24 - 27th May 2021. A workshop was conducted to discuss about various circular economy scenarios conducted by Prof Frank Boons.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description NOVEL ELECTRIFICATION THROUGH ADVANCED SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGIES (Allan Walton, COP 26) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Most people immediately think electric vehicles are green, but sadly that is not always true as they often use materials and designs that are less than sustainable. With over 128 million electric vehicles to be sold annually by 2041 this could create a huge problem, unless there is another way.

Over the past four years, Advanced Electric Machines (AEM) has been working with world-class academics, global vehicle manufacturers and leading industrial partners to deliver the most sustainable and highest performing solutions for electric vehicles, from passenger cars and trucks to tractors and aerospace.

AEM has manufactured a range of electric motors for these sectors that allow our customers to go faster and travel further, whilst remaining much greener than other technologies due to our elimination of environmentally damaging primary rare earth materials. We also remove copper, which means our motors are fully recyclable at end-of-life.
However, we haven't stopped there.

AEM brings together partners from across the UK to collaborate on government-funded projects to develop this technology even further. From creating high-power, e-axle systems with Bentley Motors for their world-renowned luxury cars, to delivering breakthrough integrated solutions for the next-generation of electrified commercial vehicles with Tevva. AEM is even working alongside Hypromag to extract, recycle and reuse rare earth magnets that have already been disposed of to power our world record-holding aerospace technology.

In our session, AEM and our partners will introduce these exciting projects and the cutting-edge technologies they are creating that will lead the way for the electric vehicle market. We will hear from:

Peter Fleet, AEM, Chairman
Prof. James Widmer, AEM, CEO and Founder
David Thackray, Tevva, Sales and Marketing Director
Prof. Mark Johnson, University of Nottingham, Director of the EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics
Prof. Allan Walton, Hypromag, Founding Director
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://ukcop26.org/events/novel-electrification-through-advanced-sustainable-technologies/
 
Description NTD News:04/08/2021 (Gavin Harper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Gavin Harper spoke to NTD News about issues relating to end of life electric vehicle batteries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zsgg-mdu3o
 
Description Naked Scientists on BBC Radio, But syndicated worldwide and replayed on Australian National Radio e.t.c.: 02/08/2021 (Gavin Harper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Gavin Harper spoke to the radio programme "Naked Scientists" about battery recycling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83r1Tmo_zy4
 
Description New recycling techniques set to make electric vehicles greener 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact News article about LIB Recycling. Prof. A. Abbott, Dr. G. Harper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.reuters.com/technology/new-recycling-techniques-set-make-electric-vehicles-greener-2021-...
 
Description Presentation at the University of Exeter's St Piran's Celebration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Audience came along to celebrate Cornish Identity and Innovation. Talk was entitled: Innovation in Research: Focus on Cornish Geology. the talk highlighted some of the innovative discoveries that are taking place in research and shaping the future of mining and energy in the county.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/university/title_899733_en.html
 
Description Presentation by Karen Hudson-Edwards at Royal Geological Society Annual General Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Annual address for the Royal Geological Society Annual General Meeting entitled 'Mine Wastes: Canada to Cornwall'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Presentation- Regulatory challenges for technology metals roundtable event 13 July (Dr Jyoti Ahuja) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation- Regulatory challenges for technology metals roundtable event 13 July
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description RSC COP26 Round Table Discussion  
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact RSC COP26 Round Table Discussion, Prof. Abbott
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Recycling Lithium ion Batteries Macclesfield U3A Prof. abbott 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Recycling Lithium ion Batteries Macclesfield U3A Prof. abbott
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regulating EV LIBs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk on Regulating EV LIBs at KTN - Battery Recycling Event - presentation & panel session by Dr Jyoti Ahuja
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regulating EV battery second use: CE challenges 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Talk on Regulating EV battery second use: CE challenges at International Conference of Resource Sustainability by Jyoti Ahuja.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Regulatory Challenges in Creating the Circular Economy for Techmetals (Aleksandra Cavoski, Bob Lee and Jyoti Ahuja) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Regulatory Challenges in Creating the Circular Economy for Techmetals
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Responsible Innovation workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This workshop was conducted by Prof Frank Boons and Dr Gavin Harper, was held on 29th June 2021 as a webinar focused on the principles of Responsible Innovation (RI). It used a 'learning history' approach in which the development and diffusion of several key products containing technology metals was collectively explored: (1) Nano-silver in consumer products; (2) Lithium-Ion Batteries for mobility; (3) Platinum in catalytic convertors; and (4) Tantalum in consumer electronics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Responsible Innovation workshop for ECRs 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This workshop was conducted by Prof Frank Boons and Dr Sampriti Mahanty on 16th February 2022 with early career researchers (ECRs) in Met4tech. This workshop focussed on providing an overview of RI principles, their importance in the Met4Tech context to the ECRs. The discussion was focused on identifying key dynamics that help bring about and sustain contested practices in selected challenge areas and robust solutions that systemically tackle contested practices.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Secretary of State for Levelling Up visits Tyseley Energy Park: 28/02/2022 (Allan Walton) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On Monday 28 February Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations visited the Birmingham Energy Innovation Centre (BEIC) at Tyseley Energy Park (TEP).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2022/03/secretary-of-state-for-levelling-up-visits-tyseley-...
 
Description Sir Keir Starmer visit to Tyseley Energy Park: 11/01/2022 (Allan Walton) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labour Party, visited Tyseley Energy Park (TEP) in Birmingham to find out more about the collaboration that is taking place between academia, industry and the public sector and how this is creating solutions that that will drive carbon reduction across the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2022/01/sir-keir-starmer-visit-to-tyseley-energy-park.aspx
 
Description Sky News Interview for longer news article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Frances Wall interviewed for longer news article by Ed Conway, Sky News about the resources needed for a green transition and the potential for a successful battery industry in Britain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xDkOaHV3qU&t=20s
 
Description Tackling the dirty little secret of 'clean' electric cars :26/01/2022 (Gavin Harper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact News article about LIB Recycling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.itv.com/news/central/2022-01-25/electric-cars-batteries-recycling-birmingham-leicester-v...
 
Description Technology Metals and Circular Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in the Southwest talk to Ussher Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Technology Metals and Circular Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in the Southwest, invited talk, delivered online
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Tesla 'big battery' fire fuels concerns over lithium risks :03/08/2021 (Gavin Harper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Tesla 'big battery' fire fuels concerns over lithium risks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.ft.com/content/8c9c3d50-98a3-4cdf-907f-901f8c328b90
 
Description The World Needs to Crack Battery Recycling, Fast :23/11/2021 (Gavin Harper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Gavin Harper spoke to WIRED about Lithium Ion Battery Recycling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.wired.co.uk/article/ev-battery-recycling-cobalt
 
Description Tyseley Energy Park welcomes Climate Change Committee: Feb 2022 (Allan Walton) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The UK's Climate Change Committee (CCC), chaired by Lord Deben visited Tyseley Energy Park (TEP) to see a demonstration of Birmingham City Council's Hydrogen Bus fleet. The demonstration took place at TEP's low and zero carbon refuelling station, home to the UK's largest green hydrogen refuelling facility.

Speaking about the visit David Horsfall, Director at Tyseley Energy Park said: "It was an honour to host the CCC today and share the history and future ambitions of the site. The potential of this site is huge and by working in collaboration with world class partners like those in attendance today TEP will accelerate the delivery of low and zero carbon power, transport, heat, waste, and recycling solutions for a greener, cleaner, healthier Birmingham."

The delegation then received a tour of the University of Birmingham's Energy Innovation Centre (BEIC). Funded by the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership the BEIC stimulates collaborative research to overcome local energy challenges and demonstrate new technologies.

At the BEIC the CCC discussed how TEP, through its collaborations with the University of Birmingham and wider partners is driving the delivery of low and zero carbon transport, heat, waste, and recycling solutions for a greener, cleaner, healthier Birmingham.

Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute and the Energy Research Accelerator said: "The delivery of a greener and cleaner ecosystem for Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region will only be achieved through the collaborative efforts of partners like the CCC, Birmingham City Council, industry and academia all coming together. It was a pleasure to bring everyone together and discuss how we can drive the delivery of carbon reduction across the region."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/energy/news/2022/tep-welcomes-climate-change-committee.aspx
 
Description UKRI, CSA Catapult India-UK Programme in 'Power Electronics, Machines and Drives', Keynote Speaker 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In partnership with UKRI, CSA Catapult hosted industry and academia for India-UK Programme in 'Power Electronics, Machines and Drives' (PEMD), exploring opportunities for companies and universities to collaborate on joint research and innovation projects. Event series explored the PEMD challenges in four technology workshops, followed by online brokerage. FW delivered talk titled: "How do we design and manufacture PEMD for re-cycling, refurbishment and reuse, ensuring minimal end of life waste?" on fourth day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://csa.catapult.org.uk/events/india-uk-power-electronics-machines-and-drives-pemd-programme/
 
Description UNESCO 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Over 4000 people worldwide registered for the webinar series called "Earth Materials for a Sustainable and thriving Society". Professor Frances Wall teamed up with Dr John Thompson from Vancouver, Canada, to deliver the lecture Climate neutrality, the circular economy, and earth materials. Professor Wall said: "It was a pleasure to give this lecture, and be able to talk to people in so many countries around the world. We had a very wide ranging discussion in the Q&A afterwards."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/archive/2021/february/title_842651_en.html
 
Description University of Birmingham postdoctoral podcast (Jyoti Ahuja) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact University of Birmingham postdoctoral podcast
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description University of Cambridge, Sedgewick Club 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on responsible sourcing of metals, LCA and the role geologists can play from the outset. Delivered to staff and students of University of Cambridge Earth Sciences
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Video for University of Exeter's Green Futures 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Prior to and during the G7 conference, hosted in Cornwall, the University of Exeter launched it's Green Futures programme to highlight the extensive and impactful research and courses from the university's multiple campuses, taking advantage of the media focus, particularly on the Penryn campus and Camborne School of Mines. Eva Marquis was interviewed as part of a video in the Option C - Geo-resource solutions to global challenges 'Special Interest Session'. The video and webpages continue to advertise the role technology metals play in a Green Future to a myriad of audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://greenfutures.exeter.ac.uk/article/geo-resource-solutions/
 
Description War in Ukraine could cut global supply of essential elements for making green technology : 14/03/2022 (Gavin Harper) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A piece coming in "The Conversation" on Russia / Ukraine and Technology Critical Metals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
URL https://theconversation.com/war-in-ukraine-could-cut-global-supply-of-essential-elements-for-making-...
 
Description Webinar Panellist, Fortune Magazine, "The Power of Green, Digital Technologies and the Green Economy (Robert Lee) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Webinar Panellist, Fortune Magazine, "The Power of Green, Digital Technologies and the Green Economy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Wilton Park Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 4 day, online, invite only conference convened by UK Cabinet Office 'at' Wilton Park. Frances Wall (UoE), Evi Petavratzi (BGS), Paul Lusty (BGS), Allan Walton (UoB), Frank Boons (UM) attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Wilton Park Conference - Critical minerals trade and regulation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Critical minerals play a central role in advanced manufacturing economies globally.
Concentration of the sources of critical minerals and their intermediate products,
however, poses technical, geo-strategic and coordination issues for all open economies.
Concerted action to coordinate and develop global governance on critical minerals could
help manage associated risks to both supply and demand.
The conference sought to identify ways to build greater global coordination and
governance in this field. Participants comprised experts from the private sector, research
communities, international organisations, and a number of governments including G7
countries. Themes centred on primary and secondary supply-side constraints; global
value chain resilience and sustainability; international standards and governance; and
research and development (R&D) and international finance for critical mineral resilience
policy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Workshop with University of Warwick group researching rare earth extraction in Myanmar 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Workshop with academics working on British Academy project on Rare Earth Element extraction from Myanmar, from political and international security point of view. Convened by Mandy Sadin, Warwick
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021