Understanding better the circular system of Lithium-ion batteries contributes to the global energy transition in a sustainable way

Transport systems significantly impact our environment, accounting for 29% of the global energy consumption and 25% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. International efforts promote the use of electric vehicles (EVs) to reduce overall GHG emissions to achieve the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. We investigated the most influential factors for developing a circular system of Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) across the value chain of EVs, starting from lithium mining to the LIBs production and EVs assembly by focusing on decarbonization measures.

This work has tried to make a straightforward way for underlying the relevance of battery design to reach the energy transition goals (the decarbonization of the economy and the socio-economic development) by providing a comprehensive system dynamics model for the supply of lithium for electric car batteries. 



Post Doctoral Researcher
Saeed Rahimpour


We have identified and assessed the interconnection of technology, economy, policy, and sustainability aspects related to the circular design of these batteries to help the decision-makers design a more effective and circular system.

 The proposed model reveals the impacts of different factors and their interrelations in the value chain of EVs, which helps the companies and policymakers to facilitate decision-making. Results of the model include predicting the behavior of future demand and LIB manufacturing, evaluating the benefits of circular design, and identifying managerial and policy barriers in the value chain of batteries. The work is a successful application of system dynamics modeling in the emerging market of electric car batteries.


This joint research has been done between School of Business and Management and School of Engineering Science at LUT University and Faculty of Management at Istanbul Technical University.


Lithium-ion batteries, electric vehicles energy transition, sustainable mobility

Quinteros-Condoretty, A.R., Rahimpour Golroudbary, S., Albareda, L., Barbiellini, B. & Soyer, A. 2021. Impact of circular design of lithium-ion batteries on supply of lithium for electric cars towards a sustainable mobility and energy transition, Procedia CIRP, Volume 100, Pages 73-78