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China promotes ‘eco’ lead batteries plan with illegal recycling crackdown

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

China is to crack down on illegal lead recycling and launch a “traceability system” to promote advances in lead battery development as a “backbone” national industry.

The environment ministry said the government wants to “promote the standardised and orderly development of lead storage battery production and lead recycling”.

The ministry’s ‘action plan’— which has been seen by BEST Battery Briefing— said lead battery manufacturers will be encouraged to develop “ecological designs” for new batteries and to “increase the proportion of recycled raw materials” used in production.

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US launches lithium recycling prize and research centre

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
US Energy Secretary Rick Perry

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has launched a Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Prize and an associated Battery Recycling R&D Centre, in a bid to reduce “America’s dependence on foreign sources of critical (battery) materials”.

The recycling prize will make awards totalling US$5.5 million to encourage innovation from American entrepreneurs in the fields of collecting, storing, and transporting discarded lithium-ion batteries for eventual recycling.

In addition, the US will invest $15m to establish the recycling centre “focused on cost-effective recycling processes to recover lithium battery materials”. The centre is to be led by Argonne National Laboratory, with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

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Mine waste powers battery business

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Adrian Griffin

VSPC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia (LA), has successfully manufactured lithium-ion cathode material and lithium-ion batteries themselves from lithium mining waste.

This announcement marks the success of an extended project for LA, after BEST Battery Briefing reported last August that they had obtained permission to extract lithium from mining dumps in Western Australia.

Waste tri-lithium phosphate— which is a direct waste product from lithium mining— was successfully converted into lithium-iron-phosphate cathode material at LA’s laboratory and pilot plant facility in Brisbane, Queensland.

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Second funding contract for novel Li-ion recycling

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

A collaborative organisation at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has been awarded a US$1.08 million contract by the US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) to extend development of its novel process to recycle spent lithium-ion batteries.

Following the successful completion of (also USABC funded) phase one earlier in 2018, the WPI team— formed of Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors— will now use the contract award to fund a 24-month phase two project that will demonstrate their ability to recycle lithium-ion batteries and to generate a higher nickel cathode powder.

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US consortium funds work on lithium-ion recycling

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

The US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has announced US$1.08 million in funding to spur development of lithium-ion battery recycling in Massachusetts.

USABC, a collaborative organisation of American car manufacturers, General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, is backing the second phase of the lithium recycling contract by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

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Audi and Umicore open up on closed loop

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

German car manufacturer Audi and Belgium-based material tech giant Umicore have announced the successful completion of phase one testing for closed loop EV battery recycling, reporting that “95% of valuable battery materials can be recycled”.

The cooperation— which began in June 2018— is looking to establish closed loop recycling for lithium-ion batteries, as companies wake up to the challenges of producing lithium-ion batteries without effective recycling processes in place.

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BEST turns spotlight on battery recycling

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:44 -- John Shepherd

The upcoming autumn issue of Batteries & Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Magazine will include a significant supplement on battery recycling— and we want to hear about the challenges and opportunities your company faces...

Technical editor Dr Mike McDonagh will take an in-depth look at this critical sector of our industry in the feature, to be published in mid October— following the ICBR battery recycling event in Berlin.
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Aqua Metals not yet at ‘steady state’ operation

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:51 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
Aqua Metals lead ingot

Newly-appointed Aqua Metals president Steve Cotton, who left the novel lead-acid battery recycling firm just over a year ago, has admitted the company is still working on getting its process modules to “steady state” operation— and will probably be operating as little as four of them in the coming months to get things right as the company moves to scale.

Concentrating on the technology is unlikely to improve the company’s bottom line for some time. However, the original business model was premised on being able to sell fund development through the sale of sufficient refined lead. 

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Nissan plant ‘offers energy storage from battery recycling’

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:19 -- John Shepherd
Nissan plant ‘offers energy storage from battery recycling’

Nissan has opened an electric vehicle battery recycling facility in Japan which will also provide energy storage systems for the area.

The plant in Namie will be run by 4R Energy, a joint venture between Nissan and the Sumitomo Corporation.

 

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‘Lead-acid recycling plant bid gets green light’

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:31 -- John Shepherd
‘Lead-acid recycling plant bid gets green light’

Proposals to build a multi-million-dollar lead-acid battery recycling plant in eastern Australia have reportedly been given the go-ahead.

An application by Pymore Recyclers International (PRI) to invest AUD39.8 million ($31.9m) in the project, in an industrial zone at Kurri Kurri, in the state of New South Wales, has been granted by the state’s planning and environment department, the Maitland Mercury said.

 

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