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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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Researchers hail improved recycling process for LIB cathodes

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 17:22 -- John Shepherd
Researchers hail improved recycling process for LIB cathodes

Researchers at the University of California San Diego say they have improved the safety of a recycling process that regenerates degraded cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries. 

The research is part of a larger effort under the US ReCell Center initiative to promote ithium-ion battery recycling.

Project leader Zheng Chen (pictured), a professor of nanoengineering affiliated with the Sustainable Power and Energy Center at UC San Diego, said: “Due to the rapid growth of electric vehicle markets, the worldwide manufacturing capacity of lithium-ion batteries is expected to reach hundreds of gigawatt hours per year in the next five years.”

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Tianneng go-ahead for batteries spin-off

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 16:51 -- John Shepherd
Tianneng go-ahead for batteries spin-off

Financial regulators in China have given Tianneng Energy Technology the green light to spin-off its batteries division to “expand and transform” its lead-acid and lithium-ion manufacturing operations.

Tianneng said the spin-off would focus on R&D, manufacture, sales and “ancillary services” for lead-acid, lithium-ion and other “new energy batteries”.

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