Jaguar Land Rover Working to Increase Aluminum in Cars
Jaguar Land Rover Working to Increase Aluminum in Cars! In 2017, Jaguar launched the REALITY (REcycled ALuminium Through Innovative TechnologY) which aims to cut waste and reduce carbon emissions by recycling aluminum for use in new cars. This process would use up to 95% less energy than producing aluminum from scratch and would source metal from end-of-life vehicles. JLR first began this mission with the REALCAR (Recycled Aluminum Car) scheme in 2008, which allowed for over 75,000 tonnes of aluminum to be reclaimed in 2016/17.
The system uses a “closed-loop” system that allows for a variety of aluminum sources. As part of the wider ‘second life’ initiative, which also involves the ‘Waste to Wave’ project that repurposes polyurethane into surfboards. This new project will continue developing advanced sorting and separating technologies applied to automotive end-of-life waste streams.
Richard McKinlay, Axion’s Head of Circular Economy, explained: “These extracted aluminium alloys will also be extensively tested to assess their suitability for reuse in new vehicles. If we can extract the right allows and reuse them in the right components, then we will have created a closed-loop value chain for automotive aluminium.”
He continued: “This ground-breaking research will contribute towards the development of the circular economy for the automotive sector and enhanced environmental performance. Innovations in the sorting and separating technologies applied to automotive end-of-life waste streams will also help other sectors, including packaging and construction.”