Technological innovation


Batteries are devices that need particular attention when handled at the disposal phase. Batteries, in specific the Lithium-Ion ones and the nickel ones, if incorrectly collected, once they are treated at the WEEE treatment plant, they could cause fires and explosions.

The costs that derive from these kinds of accidents are noticeable in economic terms, thus related to the recovery of the damaged treatment plants operativity and for the environmental pollution and risks for the human health. Today, to contain the possible damages, treatment plants adopt passive control systems such as insulating shades in case of fire or explosions.

With the aim of addressing these issues, Grinner project is proposed to develop a technology, based on Artificial Intelligence systems and X-Ray detection, to locate the batteries in the WEEE flux in input to the treatment plants. The Grinner solution, also, includes the use of a robotic system for the automatically and safely removal of battery, before the WEEE shredding phase.

ERION, in strong cooperation with WEEE treatment plants and through sampling campaigns, will study the composition of the current WEEE flux to determine the quantity and the quality of batteries.

Moreover, ERION will discuss with treatment operators the possibility to replicate the solution developed in the project, together assessing improvements, benefits and commercialisation opportunities.


Duration: 2022-2025

Supported by:

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°101069890