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Recycler signs deal to produce black mass from used lithium-ion e-bus batteries

Fri, 01/22/2021 - 08:56 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery recycling company Li-Cycle Corp has completed its battery recycling pilot plant where the Canadian produced black mass— a mixture of lithium, nickel, cobalt and copper— from used lithium-ion batteries.

The Canadian firm received 45 end-of-life lithium-ion battery modules from e-busses totalling 3,200 pounds from New Flyer Industries Canada and New Flyer of America— subsidiaries of bus manufacturer NFI Group— in Q4 of 2020.

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Start-ups secure funding to drive lithium-ion battery market in India

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 15:06 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion electric vehicle battery manufacturing and recycling start-up Lohum Cleantech has raised $7 million to expand its manufacturing and recycling capabilities and expand its presence to the US in the coming months.

The New Delhi, India, firm secured the cash during a round of funding from institutional investors led by Baring Private Equity Partners (BPEP). 

Lohum aims to increase its combined manufacturing and recycling capacity to 700MWh, from 150MWh for the former and 150MWh for the latter. 

Its manufacturing plant in Greater Noida has the capacity to produce battery packs for 75,000 electric two-wheelers, according to Lohum CEO Rajat Verma.

Verma told the Indian English language newspaper The Economic Times the company was looking to raise an additional $20 million in funding (INR 150 Crore) over the next year. 

Lohum assembles lithium-ion batteries from cells imported from other countries, including China and Taiwan.

It follows Mumbai-based electric vehicle and energy storage company Gegadyne raising $5 million in strategic investment from electrical appliances giant V-Guard. 

This investment will enable Gegadyne Energy to scale up its operations and further enhance research and development.

Founded in 2015, Gegadyne says its battery consists of proprietary nano-material composites and ‘advanced battery architectures’ that enable quick charging batteries with high energy density similar to lithium-ion batteries.

However, it is not clear what chemistry its battery uses but it claims to be able to charge in 15 minutes.

BYD builds on its closed loop dream with second-life lithium-ion battery partnership

Tue, 01/05/2021 - 14:34 -- Paul Crompton

Chinese battery OEM and electric vehicle maker BYD will transform old batteries into energy storage systems through a partnership with Chinese lithium-ion recycling start-up Pandpower and Japanese trading house Itochu.

Old battery packs from buses, taxis and other vehicles manufactured by BYD will be collected from dealerships across China and turned into ship-container-sized power units for renewable energy and factories.

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US scientists unveil proof-of-principle lithium-ion battery recycling technique

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 14:05 -- Paul Crompton

Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) in the US have demonstrated a proof-of-principle electrochemical process for recycling lithium-ion batteries. 

The room temperature process uses electricity, instead of heat, to power the reactions that leach cobalt, lithium, manganese and other materials from shredded lithium-ion batteries. 

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Li-Cycle reveals plans for $175 million lithium-ion battery recycling hub in New York

Mon, 09/28/2020 - 10:16 -- Paul Crompton

Canadian firm Li-Cycle is set to invest more than $175 million in its first commercial lithium-ion battery-recycling facility in New York.

Earmarked for Eastman Business Park (EBP) in Rochester, the Hub will be a hydrometallurgical facility that will refine battery-grade materials from 'black mass' generated from pre-processing spent lithium-ion batteries.

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ZSW study to ensure Germany's lithium-ion battery materials supply is more robust

Mon, 08/24/2020 - 10:18 -- Paul Crompton

The German research institute Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) has received a grant to continue its investigation into recycling lithium-ion battery electrodes.

ZSW was presented with the notice of award for a €870,000 ($1 million) grant as it looks to prevent Germany’s lithium-ion battery material supply becoming vulnerable to bottlenecks and price risks.

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EcoGraf tests show recovery of high purity battery anode material from lithium-ion battery materials.

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 15:39 -- Paul Crompton

Australian firm EcoGraf has claimed its proprietary purification process has been successfully applied to recycling battery materials from ‘production scrap’ and ‘black mass’.

In testing undertaken in collaboration with potential customers, the firm’s proprietary purification process has returned results of 98.6-100% carbon from production scrap and 98-99.6% from black mass.

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Planned Kenyan recycling plant will regenerate lead batteries for ‘half-price’ re-sale

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 12:11 -- Paul Crompton

Plans to establish a recycling facility in Kenya to prevent the illegal dismantling of lead batteries are moving forward thanks to Betrilyf Solutions, a subsidiary of civil construction firm Avcon Contractors.

The facility at Athi River Township will ‘regenerate’ old batteries with the addition of ‘additives’ before being sold as second-hand at a cost of up to 50% less than new batteries.

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Metals dealer sets up Singapore firm to invest in lead-acid battery recycling

Wed, 07/22/2020 - 10:23 -- Paul Crompton

A metals trader has set up a company to invest in recycling firms in emerging markets with a short-term emphasis on lead-acid batteries and a long-term focus on electric vehicles.

Nishchay Chadha has set up ACE Recycling in Singapore, with an initial focus on trading and investing in lead battery recycling. 

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New NiMH batteries perform better when made from recycled old NiMH batteries

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 09:46 -- Paul Crompton

Researchers at Stockholm University have developed a method for making better performing and cheaper nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries by recycling old ones.

The new method allows the upcycled electrode material products from old electrodes to be used directly in new battery production.

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