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MoU paves way for Australian firm to supply recycled battery materials to Korea

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:26 -- Paul Crompton

Envirostream Australia, a 24% owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia, has signed a lithium-ion battery materials offtake deal that includes recycled mixed metal dust (MMD) containing cobalt, nickel and lithium.

The memorandum of understanding with South Korean battery recycler SungEel Hitech involves the exclusive supply of metals extracted from recycled lithium-ion batteries out of Australia. 

Image: SungEel president Mr Kang Myung Yi and Envirostream managing director Andrew Mackenzie shake hands after signing the offtake MoU

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Lithium Australia to test cathodes using LFP recycled from lithium-ion batteries

Tue, 08/13/2019 - 11:59 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium Australia to test cathodes using LFP recycled from lithium-ion batteries

Battery materials firm Lithium Australia is to test the performance capabilities of coin cell cathodes using recycled lithium phosphate (LP) after recovering the material from old lithium-ion batteries for the first time.

The material, recovered from mixed metal dust, will be made into lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) cathode powder at the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary VSPC’s cathode powder pilot plant, in Brisbane, Australia.

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Indian start-up plans next stage of second-life lithium-ion ESS development

Fri, 01/27/2017 - 12:34 -- Paul Crompton

An Indian start-up has developed a prototype energy storage system using recycled lithium batteries from electric vehicles.

Totus Power has field trailed a prototype/proof of concept in India, but remains 12 months and $350,000 away from doing a pilot with a pre-production prototype.

The company can take a used EV module, connect it to its own battery management system and charge an ESS from a solar or a plug-in power source.

It can be used to replace lead-acid batteries or fossil fuel energy generation, said Siva (Shiv) Rajendran, founder and CEO of Totus Power

He told BBB the company has all the infrastructure/relationships to make up to 5,000 units a year.

The company is currently sourcing end-of-life batteries from an unnamed ‘large’ automaker’s ‘most popular EV model’.

Rajendran said: “The deal is in the works, hence I can’t share the name yet. This is already a large supply pool, which we will take a few years to fully utilise. Conservatively, we can make 10,000 units a year - if not more. 

“It seems very simple to manufacture a EV battery down to a Totus Power product.

“The Modules are the building blocks of a EV battery and is shipped in boxes to us by the automaker directly. We already pre decide what level of quality these used modules are, i.e SOH%). 

“Some of our knowledge is in correlating this SOH% to real world life, along with the supply chain and associated shipping and recycling regulations.  

“But they say the devil is in the details: So over the next 12 months, when we start writing our assembly/manufacturing procedures, I will have a better handle on what ‘simple to manufacture’ actually means.”

However, because the firm is mainly self-funded and has only secured a few grants to date, its speed of execution is dependent on more cash becoming available. 

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