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Li-Cycle expands annual lithium-ion battery recycling capacity to 20,000 tonnes with third North American facility

Wed, 04/28/2021 - 10:55 -- Vic

Lithium-ion battery recycler Li-Cycle will build its third commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility in North America.

Located in Arizona, US, the firm’s Spoke 3 facility will process 10,000 tonnes of batteries per year when complete, effectively doubling the firm’s total recycling capacity in North America.

The plant will include two 5,000 tonne processing lines engineered to directly recycle full electric vehicle packs without any dismantling. 

The latest facility is located close to Li-Cycle’s existing battery supply network, as well as being at the nexus of predicted growth in the quantity of lithium-ion batteries available for recycling.

The facility brings the Canadian firm’s overall recycling capacity to 20,000 tonnes per year, and builds on its existing North American Spokes, located in the US (New York) and Canada (Ontario).

Li-Cycle’s aims to construct twenty ‘Spokes’ globally over the next five years. 

Li-Cycle’s facilities convert battery manufacturing scrap and end-of-life batteries into black mass, which contains a variety of metals, including lithium, cobalt and nickel. 

They will supply black mass to Li-Cycle's future North American Hub in New York, which will process it through a hydrometallurgical circuit to produce battery-grade materials.

Materials include lithium carbonate, cobalt sulphate and nickel sulphate. 

On February 16, Li-Cycle entered a definitive business combination agreement with Peridot Acquisition. 

Upon the closing of the business combination, which is expected in Q2 of this year, the combined company will be named Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. 

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Lithium battery fire sparks closure of recycling facility

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 15:25 -- Paul Crompton

An investigation has been launched into a fire started by a lithium-ion battery that destroyed a recycling facility in the US on 24 October.

The fire, coupled with 60 mph winds, has meant recycling firm Republic Services has had to close its facility at the Salt River Pima landfill in Fountain Hills, Maricopa County, Arizona.

A spokesman for the Arizona firm said: “We are working with our municipal partners to identify short-term and long-term recycling processing solutions that will help us continue serving our customers with minimal interruption. 

“The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the recycling center is currently closed.”

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APS still months from closing investigation into US lithium-ion ESS explosion

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 14:18 -- Paul Crompton

An investigation into the fire at a 2MW/2MWh lithium-ion energy storage system in Arizona, US, is expected to close by the end of the year— eight months after the incident at the Arizona Public Service (APS) owned facility.

The final battery rack from APS’s McMicken site in Surprise is at a forensics laboratory in Michigan for analysis, after a specialty laboratory in Scottsdale removed it last month. 

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Surprise lithium-ion ESS fire leads US cities to rush through safety laws

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 14:13 -- Paul Crompton
Cities across Arizona, US, have drawn up laws on deploying energy storage systems following a grid-scale battery storage facility fire in April.

Cities across Arizona, US, have drawn up laws on deploying energy storage systems following a grid-scale battery storage facility fire in April. 

Peoria, Phoenix and Surprise are enacting new laws that require homeowners, businesses and schools to apply for permits when installing energy storage systems (ESS).

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Lithium-ion an ‘unacceptable risk’ claims Arizona regulator

Thu, 08/08/2019 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton
Lithium-ion an ‘unacceptable risk’ claims Arizona regulator

Alternative battery chemistries to lithium-ion should be used in utility-scale battery storage projects because the technology poses an ‘unacceptable risk’ in the case of a fire, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) has claimed.

The damning judgment on the use of large-scale, lithium-ion storage systems comes three months after the fire at Arizona Public Service's (APS) 2MW/2MWh McMicken energy storage facility in Surprise, Arizona.

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Electriq Power plugs in to Arizona home energy storage scheme

Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:27 -- Hugh Finzel
Electriq Power plugs in to Arizona home energy storage scheme

Energy storage systems from Californian start-up Electriq Power are being installed in homes in Arizona as part of an energy costs saving scheme.

Electriq has partnered with Mattamy, which describes itself as North America’s largest privately owned homebuilder, to offer ‘PowerPod’ lithium-ion battery storage systems as part of an “advanced energy programme” to reduce electricity bills.

Under the programme, the PowerPods are coupled with solar-panel roofing on Mattamy homes to reduce household emissions and bills.

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ILA call to “change perceptions” of policymakers on lead

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:33 -- Xuan Zhong
ILA call to “change perceptions” of policymakers on lead

The International Lead Association (ILA) is calling on battery makers in Europe and the US to challenge and change misconceptions by some policymakers who think of lead-acid as “out-dated technology”.

The ILA’s director of products and sustainability, Alistair Davidson (pictured), told the annual Battery Council International Convention (BCI) and Power Mart Expo in Arizona, research showed some policymakers do not see lead acid “as a technology of the future”.

 

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Sion Power readies for Licerion batteries launch

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00 -- John Shepherd
Sion Power readies for Licerion batteries launch

Arizona-based Sion Power is to launch production of its patented Licerion Ion rechargeable lithium metal batteries by the end of this year from a facility at its base in Tuscson.

The privately-owned firm is targeting the electric vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles market with its “ultra-high energy density” battery tech.

 

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3,000MW storage target call for Arizona

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:09 -- John Shepherd
3,000MW storage target call for Arizona

Energy regulators in Arizona are being urged to consider a package of proposals that would see the state deploy 3,000MW of energy storage by 2023— and generate 80% of the state’s power needs from “clean energy”.

The blueprint for energy reform, presented by Arizona Corporation Commission member Andy Tobin (pictured), said the 3,000MW target was “by far the largest such goal in the US” and could be “made possible by storage markets which have recently seen drastic improvements in technology along with falling costs”.

 

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