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BASF’s cathode expansion accelerates with German lithium-ion recycling plant

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 14:44 -- Paul Crompton
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Chemicals giant BASF is set to build a battery recycling prototype plant in Germany to extract key materials from end-of-life lithium-ion cells and production scrap.

The plant at BASF’s cathode active materials (CAM) plant site in Schwarzheide is scheduled to be commissioned by 2023.

The prototype plant will allow for the “development of operational procedures and optimisation” of technology to recover lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese from used batteries as well as off spec material from cell producers and battery material producers.

The recovered metals will be used to manufacturer cathode active materials.

Dr. Matthias Dohrn, senior vice president, precious and base metal services at BASF, said: “With this battery recycling, plus leading process technology for manufacturing of cathode active materials, we aim to ‘close the loop’ while reducing the CO2 footprint of our cathode active materials by up to 60% in total compared to industry standards.”

The plant’s location was announced in February.

Aggressive cathode expansion

In June, BASF is set to form a joint venture (JV) with Hunan Shanshan Energy to produce lithium-ion battery cathode active materials (CAM) and precursors (PCAM) in China.

German firm BASF will have a 51% share of the JV when it closes later this summer following the approval of the relevant authorities.

In May, materials firm Umicore and BASF entered into a non-exclusive patent cross-license agreement covering a range of lithium-ion cathode materials and their precursors.

 
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LG Chem extends Carbon Nanotubes (CNT) plant by 1,200 tons to meet growing demand from EV market

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 12:11 -- Paul Crompton

Korean battery materials firm LG Chem has announced it will invest around KRW 65 billion ($53 million) to expand carbon nanotube (CNT) manufacturing by 1,200 tons at its Yeosu plant.

The company is aiming to expand production by Q1 of next year as it targets the industry sector, which is expected to more than triple to reach 13,000 tons by 2024 mainly via the global EV market.

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ArcActive wins BCI award for its lead battery DCA material

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 15:02 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery materials firm ArcActive has been awarded the 2020 Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award during the Battery Council International’s (BCI) virtual conference on 27 April.

The New Zealand-based firm has re-engineered the negative electrode of the lead battery to remove the lead grid and replace it with a non-woven carbon fibre fabric (AACarbon™). 

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Cabot secures its place at top of lithium-ion materials supply chain with buy out of Chinese CNT firm

Tue, 04/07/2020 - 16:11 -- Paul Crompton

Battery additives firm Cabot has added carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to its lithium-ion energy storage materials portfolio following the $115 million acquisition of Shenzhen Sanshun Nano New Materials (SUSN) on April 1.

The US firm has finalised all registration procedures related to the acquisition, which was first announced on 6 January when Cabot entered into an agreement to buy the China CNT producer SUSN.

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Lead refinery closed after fire at Umicore’s Belgium plant

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 09:58 -- Paul Crompton

Materials and recycling firm Umicore’s lead refinery plant in Hoboken, Belgium, has been shut down after a fire on 2 March— the third such incident at the plant within 30 months.

An investigation has been initiated to identify the cause of the fire, which began at 18:30 CET when the plant was closed for maintenance.

A Umicore statement read that while it was too soon to assess the scale of the damage to the impacted installation, the rest of the Hoboken plant remained in operation. 

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BASF announces second European lithium-ion battery materials plant

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 09:58 -- Paul Crompton

Chemicals firm BASF has confirmed the location of its new battery materials production site in Germany as it steps up investment into the European electric vehicle (EV) value chain. 

The state-of-the art plant in Schwarzheide will initially produce enough cathode active materials (CAM) for around 400,000 full electric vehicles per year, says the German conglomerate.

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Korea’s planned recycling facility to recover 10,000 tpy of lithium-ion material

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:12 -- Paul Crompton

Korean firm GS E&C has announce plans to build a 120,000m2 lithium-ion battery recycling facility with the goal of recovering 10,000 tonnes of materials per year.

The engineering, procurement and construction company will initially invest around KRW100 billion ($86 million) toward the plant in the next two years, the company confirmed on 9 January.

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Lithium Australia subsidiary VSPC signs MoU to commercialise lithium-ion cathodes

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 10:09 -- Paul Crompton

Cathode materials developer VSPC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lithium Australia, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Beijing Saideli Technology Incorporated Company to commercialise its technology.

The deal was agreed following a technical review and discussions around the Australian firm’s lithium-ferro-phosphate cathode product.

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Lithium Australia continues aggressive march to close lithium-ion battery recycling loop

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 15:28 -- Paul Crompton

Materials firm Lithium Australia now owns 73.7% of lithium-ion battery recycler Envirostream after upping its stake in the company for the third time this year.

Perth-based Lithium Australia paid AUD100,000 ($68,000) for the additional shares, mirroring the payment made in October to take its share in the recycler from 18.9% to 23.9%.

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First Graphene teams up with UK university to develop supercapacitor material

Wed, 09/25/2019 - 14:57 -- Paul Crompton
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Graphite powder firm First Graphene has signed an exclusive worldwide licensing agreement with the UK’s University of Manchester to develop graphene-hybrid materials for use in supercapacitors.

The organisations will use a proprietary electrochemical process to develop graphene-hybrid materials in a bid to create supercapacitors that can be used in electric vehicles and stationary applications.

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