Automation for Korean EV Battery Recycler

South Korea’s SungEel HiTech, the country’s largest lithium-ion battery recycler, has selected Emerson to provide advanced automation solutions in support of sustainable production and operational efficiency goals at the newest of its three lithium-ion recycling plants located in the western city of Gunsan.

Through the combination of Emerson’s process automation technology and SungEel HiTech’s battery recycling methods, the collaboration aims to establish a robust resource cycle that will help enable a more stable supply of battery materials for electric vehicles in pursuit of bolstering the world’s overall production capacity.

EV Battery Recycler

SungEel HiTech operates a comprehensive battery recycling ecosystem across nine global locations, including a recycling park for collection and pretreatment and a hydrometallurgical battery material production facility at the Gunsan Hydro Center. The upcoming third Hydro Center plant will be triple the size of the first two, contributing to increased production capacity that can supply raw materials for approximately 400,000 electric vehicles each year.

Specifically, Emerson will supply instrumentation and valve solutions that provide the high levels of performance, accuracy and reliability required for the advanced proprietary hydrometallurgical processes that SungEel HiTech uses. The package will include a variety of flow, level, pressure, and pH sensors and transmitters, as well as control valves that are critical to safe and reliable operations.

“Our automation portfolio and expertise are empowering our customers to optimize and scale the circular economy for critical battery components, a key step toward meeting global net-zero targets head-on,” said Mike Train, Emerson’s chief sustainability officer.