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Eurobat bid to curb ‘lost’ EV batteries

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Europe is being urged to overhaul regulations to ensure more lithium-ion batteries are kept in the bloc for recycling— instead of being ‘lost’ when end-of-life electric vehicles are exported to be scrapped.

The Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, Eurobat, has warned the “relative scarcity of these batteries entering the recycling stream is currently preventing the development of a business case for recyclers”.

This makes lithium-based EV batteries a net ‘taker’ of raw materials, Eurobat said.

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US marks ‘Battery Day’ with Li recycling centre launch

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Argonne National Laboratory

The Department of Energy (DoE) marked ‘National Battery Day’ in the US with the launch of the country’s first lithium-ion battery recycling centre.

The ‘ReCell Center’ has been set up at the Argonne National Laboratory to “help the United States grow a globally competitive recycling industry and reduce [its] reliance on foreign sources of battery materials”, the DoE said.

Lithium-ion batteries in the US are currently collected and recycled at a rate of less than 5%. The DoE aims to eventually “profitably capture 90% of all lithium based battery technologies”, and subsequently “recover 90% of the key materials” from lithium batteries.

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BCI safety ‘toolkit’ to keep lithium out of lead recycling

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Battery industry leaders have launched a campaign to combat the “serious threat” to lead-acid recycling operations from the disposal of lithium-ion batteries.

Lead battery trade industry body Battery Council International (BCI) said potential explosions caused by lithium batteries entering the recycling stream puts workers and equipment in recycling centres at risk.

But according to a BCI survey of 123 battery sorting and handling companies, 21% of respondents did not provide or receive training for new employees, 19% of respondents “were not sure” what to do with lithium batteries received and 5% indicated they “did not know the difference” between lead-acid and lithium batteries.

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Engitec building lead recycling plants in Spain, China

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Italian engineering firm Engitec Technologies has been contracted to expand a lead battery recycling facility in Spain.

The Metalurgica de Medina plant at Medina del Campo, in northwest Spain, will be expanded by some 600 square metres and increase processing capacity from more than 30,000 tonnes of batteries annually to around 120,000 tonnes a year.

The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. Engitec did not disclose the cost of the project.

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Testing begins at American Manganese recycling plant

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

American Manganese (AM) has reported reaching a “great milestone” in its work towards “a complete lithium-ion battery recycling process” by beginning operation of its five stage pilot plant operation in Canada.

AM’s processing partner Kemetco Research has started processing a select sample of cathode scrap material at AM’s lithium-ion recycling pilot plant in British Columbia.

The cathode scrap material is being processed through stages 1 and 2 of the pilot plant, which will see the sample undergo pre-treatment and then leaching.

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Support for battery storage ‘bridges US political divide’

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Mark Takano

Energy storage and support for advanced batteries research such as lead-acid has emerged as a rare issue to unite US legislators across the current political divide.

A Capitol Hill briefing organised by Battery Council International saw Republican and Democrat representatives stress the need for research into energy storage was a key “area of alignment” for both main parties.

Representatives Mark Takano (Democrat) and Chris Collins (Republican), who serve as co-chairs of the Advanced Energy Storage Caucus, were among those attending the briefing.

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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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