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South Korea to open dedicated lithium-ion EV battery recycling centre

Thu, 08/01/2019 - 12:15 -- Paul Crompton
South Korea to open dedicated lithium-ion EV battery recycling centre

South Korea has broken ground on the country’s first recycling centre dedicated to breaking and recycling electric vehicle battery packs.

South Korean company Earthtech will invest 24 billion won (US$20 million) in the recycling centre in Yeonggwang Country, South Jeolla Province, according to the country’s news outlet The Korea Bizwire.

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Monbat acquisition paves way for lead recycling expansion

Wed, 07/31/2019 - 12:19 -- John Shepherd
Monbat acquisition paves way for lead recycling expansion

Bulgarian lead-acid company Monbat said it plans to expand its used battery-processing services after taking a majority stake in Italian engineering company Science Technology & Consulting (STC).

Monbat said on 26 July it was acquiring a 67% share in STC— whose operations include implementing high-quality breaking and separation solutions in lead paste desulfurisation and crystallisation units in addition to lead smelting and refining technologies.

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Asian Li-ion battery recyclers dominate global market

Tue, 07/16/2019 - 17:18 -- Paul Crompton
Asian Li-ion battery recyclers dominate global market

Asia cornered the lithium-ion battery recycling industry last year with an 87% market share, according to a report commissioned by The Swedish Energy Agency.

The State-of-the-art in Reuse and Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries– A Research Review dispelled the industry myth that lithium-ion batteries were not being recycled— but it was sad reading for non-Asian firms.

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Milestone for pilot lithium-ion recycling project

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 09:58 -- John Shepherd
Milestone for pilot lithium-ion recycling project

American Manganese (AM) said it has produced high purity material from a pilot lithium-ion plant recycling project in Canada.

AM said its processing partner, Kemetco Research Inc, produced a high purity NMC (nickel manganese cobalt) hydroxide filter cake (pictured) during the final stages of its ‘Recyclico’ project.

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Dumped batteries blamed for €600,000 recycling blaze

Sat, 06/22/2019 - 12:40 -- John Shepherd
Dumped batteries blamed for €600,000 recycling blaze

Discarded toys containing lithium-ion batteries are believed to have started a blaze at a recycling company in Germany that led to an estimated €600,000 (US$682,000) worth of damage.

Willi Hörger, the owner of the recycling company Hörger in Bächingen, Bavaria, told regional broadcaster BR24 that batteries wrongly discarded along with the toys appeared to have started the blaze, which destroyed a warehouse and at one point was being tackled by around 80 firefighters.

 
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Lead battery recovery campaign rolls out in Alaska

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:09 -- John Shepherd
Lead battery recovery campaign rolls out in Alaska

An initiative to recover and recycle more than 42,000 pounds (19,050kgs) of lead-acid batteries from remote communities in Alaska has been launched by the US-based Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC).

The non-profit RBC, has teamed up with the Solid Waste Alaska Taskforce (SWAT) for the collection this summer from the first 12 of 35 communities participating in the two-year pilot programme.

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Recycling key to cutting battery storage cost, Argonne chief says

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 11:34 -- John Shepherd
Recycling key to cutting battery storage cost, Argonne chief says

The US should take urgent action to cut battery costs and reduce dependency on other nations for raw materials in order to expand the use of energy storage systems, legislators have been told.

George Crabtree (pictured), director at Argonne National Laboratory's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee countries such as China had “taken a very deliberate and strategic action” to establish battery supply chains with minerals such as cobalt and lithium for batteries, while the US had not.

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Audi unveils second-life BESS in Berlin

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 11:32 -- John Shepherd
Audi unveils second-life BESS in Berlin

German car giant Audi has opened a 1.9MWh second-life battery energy storage system (BESS) in Berlin as part of a research project.

Audi said the facility on the EUREF campus— a “climate-neutral-powered” centre for start-ups and innovation— uses lithium-ion batteries from development vehicles to test “interaction scenarios between electric cars and the power grid”. 

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Umicore tightens cobalt supply grip with Glencore deal

Wed, 05/29/2019 - 10:28 -- John Shepherd
Umicore tightens cobalt supply grip with Glencore deal

Swiss mining company Glencore has signed a deal to supply cobalt hydroxide for Umicore’s battery materials operations.

The long-term revolving agreement comes just days after Umicore announced it was expanding with its planned acquisition of Freeport Cobalt’s cobalt refining and cathode precursor activities in Finland.

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Aqua Metals upbeat on shares offer despite Q1 loss

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 12:05 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals upbeat on shares offer despite Q1 loss

US lead-acid battery recycler Aqua Metals, which posted a first-quarter net loss of US$11.7 million, said it intends to offer and sell shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering. 

The loss reflected several non-cash items, including expenses related to the firm’s agreement with the US arm of France’s transnational Veolia group to operate and manage its AquaRefining plant in Nevada.

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