Open BTU: Will the energy transition bring us new contaminated sites? - Prospects for the use of disused lithium-ion batteries

The presentation will focus on battery research for the energy transition and the prospects for efficient and innovative battery recycling.

Will the energy transition bring us new legacy waste? - Prospects for the use of disused lithium-ion batteries

Battery storage has become an indispensable part of our modern industry and society. From electromobility and renewable energy systems to portable electronic devices, batteries are the key to overcoming the challenges of the 21st century. But what happens to them when they reach the end of their life?

Batteries contain a range of materials that contain valuable and strategically important metals, the recovery of which is an economic and socio-environmental necessity. This event will highlight the many chemical and technical aspects involved in the efficient recovery and reuse of battery materials.

The presentations at this event will provide an insight into the latest developments and innovations in the field of battery recycling and show how new regulatory frameworks will influence this industry in the coming years. Strategies for the qualification of specialists will also be discussed, which are being developed and co-designed by BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg with the Centre for Continuing Education and the Chair of Physical Chemistry.


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Jörg Acker, BTU, Chair of Physical Chemistry, founding member of Battery Network ReLioS e.V., Head of the Recycling Processes Forum

Anja Rietig, BTU, Research Associate at the Chair of Physical Chemistry


Dr.-Ing. Vivian Schwedt-Binkowski, BTU, project coordinator of KOMBiH-Campus & KOMBiH-Laboratory at the Centre for Continuing Education

Henry Herkula,BTU, Project employeeEXPAND+ER WB³ & KOMBiH-Campus at the Centre forContinuing Education


BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, Audimax 1 (Konrad-Wachsmann-Allee 3, 03046 Cottbus)

About the Open BTU lecture series

From April 10, 2024 to June 12, 2024, the public lecture series "Open BTU" offers interesting insights into exciting scientific fields. In the summer semester, the following topics will be examined from different perspectives:

  • Empathy, guilt and forgiveness after the 2nd World War
  • Sorbian/Wendish culture in the current transformation process
  • The effects of populism on the economy and social groups
  • Trees in transition - challenges and opportunities (as part of the 32nd Cottbus Environment Week)
  • Battery research for the energy transition - prospects for innovative battery recycling

With this educational format, which is open to all interested parties, the university's Centre for Continuing Education supports lifelong learning and funds the transfer of knowledge and ideas in the region by addressing socially relevant issues. The BTU cooperates with other universities and institutions. Each lecture will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion with the speakers. Anyone interested is cordially invited to take part in the wide range of events on offer.

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The Open BTU lecture series can be attended free of charge and without registration. After each lecture, you will have the opportunity to talk to the speakers.

Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude (ZHG)

Konrad-Wachsmann-Allee 3
03046 Cottbus

Contact us

Thomas Hasenauer
Zentrum für wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung (ZWW)
T +49 (0) 355 69-3680
[Translate to Englisch:] Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Jörg Acker. Foto: BTU, Sascha Thor
[Translate to Englisch:] Prof. Dr. Jörg Acker und die wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin Anja Rietig im Gespräch. Foto: BTU, Stephan Peschel