Dr. Arshad Saleem

Head of Battery Technology, Hydro Batteries


Dr. Arshad Saleem, Head of Battery Technology at Hydro Batteries since March 2021, brings extensive experience in energy and technology. Previously serving as the Technology & Product Development Lead (CTO) at Power2U Sweden AB and as Lead Technology Analyst at KIC InnoEnergy, Arshad is experienced in evaluating disruptive technologies and developing new business models. His diverse career also includes roles as a Development Engineer at ABB, Research Engineer at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Research Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. Arshad holds a PhD in energy and storage technologies and integration of renewable generation in the energy system from Technical University of Denmark, complemented by a PostDoc degree from KTH Royal Institute of Technology. 


"Automation in battery recycling processes"

The European value chain for recycling EV-batteries is in its early stages, facing a pivotal challenge for a truly circular battery value chain. With the European EV fleet poised to grow exponentially, reaching 40 million by 2030, Hydro recognizes the need for innovative partnerships across the value chain to address the increasing EoL-battery volumes to come. 

In the pursuit of a sustainable battery industry, Hydro actively fosters collaboration between industry players, our assets and technology experts. Hydro's joint venture, Hydrovolt, a major European battery recycler, has been at the forefront, addressing technical challenges in battery recycling. However, the absence of efficient and automated solutions for dismantlig EV batteries poses a significant hurdle to sustainable battery recydlicing. To overcome this, Hydro and Hydrovolt have collaborated in an effort to developing a fully flexible and automated EV battery dismantling solution at an industrial scale within the next 3-5 years. This forward-looking approach aims to enhance safety by reducing human exposure to high-voltage damaged batteries, increase profitability through reduced person-hours, and establish standardization for quick replication. The ultimate goal is a fully automated and flexible solution capable of dismantling any type of electric vehicle battery packs in the market. By adopting an industry-wide perspective, we showcase the power of collaboration in overcoming shared challenges, contributing to a more circular and transparent future for the battery industry. This collaborative effort not only aligns with sustainability goals but also empowers the future of green mobility.