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Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle collaborate to expand recycling in North America

Thu, 06/03/2021 - 14:01 -- Paul Crompton
Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle collaborate to expand recycling in North America

Ultium Cells has signed an agreement with Canada-based firm Li-Cycle to recycle up to 100% of the material scrap from its lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing. 

Ultium, a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution, will recycle battery materials, including cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum. 

The new scrap recycling process will begin later this year. 

Around 95% of the recovered materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries, say Ultium.

The battery materials will be recycled using Li-Cycle’s hydrometallurgical process.

GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its global manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration by 2025; since 2013, GM has recycled, or reused, all returned battery packs, with most  GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.

Ultium Cells aims to mass-produce Ultium battery cells, with GM and LG Energy Solution investing $2.3 billion.

Ultium Cells’ plant in Lordstown, Ohio, will have annual capacity of more than 30GWh when completed. 

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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-ion battery recycler to produce black mass at second North America plant

Thu, 12/03/2020 - 09:53 -- Paul Crompton

Lithium-ion battery recycler facility Li-Cycle has opened a second plant to produce black mass for the battery industry in New York, US.

The Canadian firm’s Spoke 2 facility in Eastman Business Park in Rochester will produce an intermediate mixed battery material product (black mass) from all types of used lithium-ion batteries.

The facility has the capacity to process up to 5,000 tons of lithium-ion batteries per year.

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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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