Reference code: CON-GER-STU-MA

(NEW) Master Thesis: Chinese Li-Ion battery recycling – What we can learn from the world’s largest battery recycling industry

Aachen, Cologne, Munich

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2/24/2023 -
FEV Consulting GmbH

What we do - and why!

Mobility connects people. People shape mobility. With over 6,600 employees around the globe, we develop revolutionary and efficient drive systems, we cross-link vehicles with each other and their surroundings, and we strive to make our lives safer using intelligent systems. We need the right people at the right place to do so. People who turn visions into reality – who think outside the box and promote innovation. People who are ready to push the envelope. Are you ready?


With the development and growth of the electric vehicle market, the recycling of spent lithium-ion batteries is becoming an important research topic. To date, China is the largest market for electric vehicles and a large proportion of batteries are imported to Europe from China. In recent years, LFP batteries have become a dominant topic in the automotive industry. These also must be recycled. A combination of mechanical, pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical processes are used to recover valuable materials from EoL batteries or battery cells generated as scrap during production. The recycled materials can then be reused in battery production. The recycling technologies thus form the cornerstone of the circular economy.

The objective of this thesis is to identify battery recycling trends in China and to develop a market model for the Chinese battery recycling market.

Your tasks: 

  • Literature review on battery supply chains, from the mine to recycling
  • Analysis of the relations of the battery industry in Europe with China
  • Analysis of the Impact of European Recycling Activities on the Battery Industry in China
  • Impact of battery recycling in Europe on the Asian-based battery industry based on the introduction of battery passport and the growing European battery and recycling industry


  • You are completing your master's degree in industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, business administration, economics or a comparable course of study at a leading university
  • You have exceptional academic performance and impress us with your personal profile
  • You ideally gained initial practical experience in consulting or a technical industry
  • You have very good analytical skills
  • You are a motivated and committed team player
  • You have very good knowledge of MS Office applications
  • You communicate very well in English, and you are ideally fluent in the local office language - both verbally and in writing

What we offer

Corporate culture: 
From the very beginning, you will have a mentor and the freedom to grow personally and professionally, because we live an appreciative and contemporary corporate culture. In addition to time-outs during our table tennis or kicker tournaments, there are also regular team and company events. Friday beer or BBQ Lunches on the roof terrace also speak for our close team network.

Diverse career prospects: 
Your career path is clearly defined and tailored to you. An open feedback culture and various internal and external training opportunities allow you to discover and perfect your strengths. Regular feedback meetings and project evaluations give you the opportunity to reflect on your work and development.

Work-life balance: 
Satisfied employees perform outstanding work. That's why we give you the freedom to contribute to the company in a flexible and self-organized way. The high project diversity including on and off-site presence as well as compensatory days or remote work ensure the necessary framework to combine professional and private life.

Additional benefits: 
30 days of vacation, capital-forming benefits, employee discounts, or sabbaticals are also available to our colleagues.

Personal contact

Sina Aumann
Human Resources - FEV Consulting GmbH

Phone +49 160 746 3685

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