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Pilot project glass recycling

Audi’s vision of a circular economy

Recyclable by design

Audi Q4 45 e-tron quattro

Audi Q4 Sportback 40 e-tron

Reuse or reprocess

Audi at the GREENTECH FESTIVAL 2021

Audi opens battery storage unit on EUREF Campus in Berlin

Battery storage unit on EUREF Campus in Berlin

A closed deal: the Aluminum Closed Loop

Audi Hungaria to introduce Aluminum Closed Loop

Mission:Zero at Neckarsulm site: Audi is shaping the future of production, consistently and sustainably

Aluminium Closed Loop.

Chemical recycling of plastics

Audi and THINKTANK at KIT are working on recycling method for automotive plastics

Components made with recyclates in many models

From bottle to fabric: Seat upholstery made of PET

Pilot project glass recycling

A second life for PET bottles

Audi Q4 e-tron

Audi e-tron GT quattro

Low-carbon aluminum rims

Audi CO2 program: sustainable aluminum for Audi e-tron GT wheels

Audi CO2 program: sustainable aluminum for Audi e-tron GT wheels

Glass cycle for car windows

Pilot project glass recycling

Pilot project glass recycling

Pilot project glass recycling

Outlook

Press Releases

04/25/22
Company

Pilot project started: Faulty car glass to be turned into new windowpanes for the Audi Q4 e-tron

Faulty car windows often go in the recycling bin when the cracked part cannot be fixed. A closed material circuit does not yet exist for damaged car glass. This is where Audi and its partner companies Reiling Glas Recycling, Saint-Gobain Glass, and Saint-Gobain Sekurit are now doing pioneering work as part of a joint pilot project. The partner companies want to turn the damaged auto glass into recyclable material for model production and have drawn up a multi-stage process for that purpose: using an innovative recycling process, the car windows are first broken into small pieces. Then all the non-glass impurities like glue residue are eliminated. The resulting glass granulate is melted down and turned into new plate glass. That plate glass is then turned into a new car window. If this pilot is successful, the windows that are produced this way will be used in models in the Audi Q4 e-tron series in the future.
01/12/22
Company

Second life for EV batteries: Audi and RWE build new type of energy storage system in Herdecke

Audi and RWE are breaking new ground together to drive the energy revolution forward – RWE has brought an energy storage facility on stream in Herdecke, Germany, that uses used lithium-ion batteries from Audi electric cars. With the help of 60 battery systems, the new type of storage facility on the site of RWE’s pumped-storage power plant on Lake Hengstey will be able to temporarily store around 4.5 megawatt hours of electricity.
09/30/21
Company

Second life or recycling? BattMAN rescues batteries from a needlessly short lifespan!

The question is on the minds of everyone who is interested in e-mobility: What happens to the battery when an e-vehicle has reached the end of its service life? The answer is simple: The new analysis software BattMAN ReLife checks their state of health in just a few minutes. Starting immediately, the quick check system will be used as a means of initial diagnosis in battery recycling at the pilot plant that Volkswagen Group Components has been operating in Salzgitter since the beginning of the year.
08/27/21
Company

Upcycling at Audi: a new lease on life for packaging

A new pilot project being implemented at Audi’s Neckarsulm site, among other initiatives, highlights just how important the sustainable use of resources is to the company. At this location, Audi produces 3D-printed assembly aids for vehicle production – and as of recently, from waste that is generated right there on site. These assembly aids are not only made of recycled material, they also promote ergonomic and safe work processes and are tailored precisely to the requirements of the employees. As such, the project is helping the company achieve the objectives of its cross-site environmental program “Mission:Zero.”
06/17/21
Company

A new lease on life: recycling automotive plastics

As part of the THINKTANK Industrial Resource Strategies, researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have been working with Audi for a good six months on the pilot project “Chemical Recycling of plastics from automotive manufacturing.” Now that the project has been completed, it is clear that the Chemical Recycling of mixed plastic waste is both technically feasible and environmentally and financially promising. The plastic waste from automotive manufacturing can be processed into pyrolysis oil and could replace petroleum as a raw material for the production of high-quality plastic components in Audi models. The material cycles closed in this way save valuable resources, energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As such, Chemical Recycling represents a viable alternative to energy recovery and complements mechanical processing. In this way, Audi could use fossil resources for longer and thus scale back the procurement of additional fossil resources accordingly. Together with partners from the chemical industry and KIT, Audi now plans to take the next step and research the industrialization of this cycle.
11/23/20
Company

Audi and KIT are working on recycling method for automotive plastics

A large number of components in automobiles are made from plastics. They have to meet exacting safety, heat resistance and quality requirements. That is why, so far, only petroleum-based materials have been suitable for manufacturing plastic components in automobiles that are subjected to particularly intensive wear. Such materials are not recyclable in most cases. Whereas plastics of the same type can often be mechanically recycled, recycling of mixed plastic waste poses a major challenge. Audi and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT) are therefore launching a pilot project for chemical recycling as part of the “Industrial Resource Strategies” THINKTANK in order to feed such mixed plastic fractions back into a resource-conserving circular system.
06/26/20
Company

Audi and EnBW cooperate on battery storage

The energy and transport revolution go hand in hand. Tie-ups between the two sectors will substantially help bring about this transformation. High-capacity batteries are increasingly becoming an indispensable part of a sustainable energy sector – be it as large-scale storage devices in power grids or as a power source for electric vehicles. Audi and EnBW therefore aim to work together on battery storage solutions. The use of used Audi electric car batteries lies at the heart of this initiative.
02/25/20
Models

From bottle to fabric: Seat upholstery made of PET

The fashion industry produces jewelry, clothes and bags from PET bottles. In addition, more and more furniture is being made from waste material such as paper shreds, plastic bottles and wood chippings. Audi is now offering seat upholstery made from recycled material for the new A3 for the first time.
05/24/19
Technology

Audi Opens Battery Storage Unit on Berlin EUREF Campus

Audi is electrifying the capital: In the context of the Formula E guest performance in Berlin, the brand with the four rings has opened up Germany’s largest multi-use storage unit on the EUREF Campus. The storage unit has a capacity of 1.9 MWh and uses used lithium-ion batteries from development vehicles to test various interaction scenarios between electric cars and the power grid. The objective: Intelligent networking to promote the energy transition.
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