Gothenburg, Sweden based automated battery sorting technology developer, Refind Technologies, is to install 600-900 kg per hour capacity system at WasteCare’s facility in Halifax, UK.
WastecCare isthe co-owner of BatteryBack, claimed to be UK’s largest compliance scheme for household batteries. Once operational it is expected that Refind’s technology will enable the plant to process over 3000 tonnes of waste batteries every year - of which 2400 tonnes will be sorted automatically.
The technology suppler said that it provides identification and sorting solutions to the recycling and reverse logistics industry, and that its systems allow individual products such as batteries, cell phones or other electronics to be recognised and sorted in preparation for recycling, or if possible, reuse or repair.
Refind Technology explained that whilst battery packs, cell phone batteries and button cells at the WasteCare facility will be removed mechanically and sorted by hand, all cylindrical and 9V batteries will be sorted automatically.
The system uses the visual characteristics of batteries to identify them and then separate them using air ejectors at a speed of more than 10 batteries per second.
The system at WasteCare will be the third system in UK which Refind said means the vast majority of the consumer batteries in the country soon will be sorted automatically.
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