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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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Engineering upgrades helps boost lithium-ion cathode recycling plant capacity by 150%

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

Metals firm American Manganese has more than doubled the capacity of its pilot lithium-ion battery cathode recycling plant in the US through engineering upgrades. 

The Canadian company raised capacity from 64 kg/day to 160 kg/day by adding thermal control of exothermic reactions that enable the plant to operate at higher pulp density. 

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UK organisation launches programme to develop better EV pack joining and recycling processes

Wed, 04/29/2020 - 16:16 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based TWI has launched a research programme to provide a comprehensive assessment of lithium-ion cell joining and recycling options for electric vehicle (EV) battery pack manufacture.

The first part of the organisation’s Core Research Programme (CRP) will focus on battery pack joining and joint performance using techniques suitable to connect cells and other features to bus bars. 

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SNAM and Honda expand European-wide recycling partnership to develop second-life ESSs

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 14:15 -- Paul Crompton

Honda Motor Europe is expanding its partnership with French company SNAM (Société Nouvelle d’Affinage des Métaux) to include the collection and recycling of lithium-ion and nickel metal hydride (NiMH) batteries.

The expansion of the agreement will see SNAM collect lithium-ion and NiMH batteries from Honda's dealer network and Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATF) across 22 countries.

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