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Sustainability award for EnerSys

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:23 -- News Editor
Sustainability award for EnerSys

EnerSys has been honoured for its work in battery recycling and environmental preservation.

The US-based company was awarded a 2016 Leaders in Sustainability Award from the non-profit Call2Recycle Inc., which champions a battery recycling programme that encourages consumers to recycle batteries at nearly 30,000 drop-off points across the US and Canada.

 

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Neometals to pilot lithium battery recycling process

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:00 -- Xuan Zhong
Neometals to pilot lithium battery recycling process

Australia-listed Neometals is set to build a pilot plant to accelerate the commercialisation of the company’s technology to recycle lithium-ion batteries.

Neometals has co-developed a technology to economically recover high-value cobalt (99.2% recovery) as a material that can be recycled within the battery manufacturing chain.

 

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Aqua Metals prepares for ‘explosive growth’

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:27 -- Xuan Zhong
Aqua Metals prepares for ‘explosive growth’

Aqua Metals, the US start-up which aims to commercialise a water-based process for recycling lead-acid batteries, is preparing for “explosive growth in 2018”.

But chairman and CEO Dr Stephen Clarke is already rethinking plans to roll out the company’s AquaRefineries and is retrofitting improvements to the first facility in Nevada before rolling out the technology.

 

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A $178 million for Chinese lithium recycling

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 09:31 -- Xuan Zhong
A $178 million for Chinese lithium recycling

As concern increases over the growing problem of scrap lithium-ion batteries, Chinese recycler Guangdong Brunp Recycling Technology is investing ¥1.2 billion ($178 million) to build a 100,000 tons waste battery plant in Changsha, Hunan Province.

The factory that is under construction is the fifth phase of the company’s recycling project and is expected to be finished in 18 months.

 

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China continues to clamp down on its lead-acid industry

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 14:28 -- Xuan Zhong
China continues to clamp down on its lead-acid industry

China has introduced a cradle to grave lead-acid battery monitoring system that will put recycling responsibilities on the manufacturer.

China’s State Council’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Plan puts lead-acid battery makers accountable for their product from design, use, recycling and waste disposal began last month.

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$17 m lead-acid battery recycling project in Inner Mongolia

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:30 -- Xuan Zhong

Chinese lead-acid battery firm Senrun Recycling Metal Products has announced a ¥120 million ($17 million) investment in a scrap lead-acid battery recycling project.

The project aims to turn 150,000 mt of scrap batteries into 75,800 mt of refined lead and lead alloy annually at the Metallurgical and Chemical Park of Linxi Industrial Park, Chifeng, City, Inner Mongolia.

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China finds way to reuse 50m lead-acid batteries a year

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 14:46 -- Paul Crompton

A Chinese company may have found a way to save 50 million of the country’s lead-acid batteries reaching land-fill after developing an activator it claims can restore the battery’s capacity.

Around two hundred million lead-acid batteries are discarded in China each year, but at least 25% of them could be refurbished, according to Guangzhou Hong Huai Energy Company.

“The core reason of the short life of lead-acid batteries is that the inevitable product Pb2SO4 (lead sulfate) would gradually form irreversible lead sulfate crystals,” Shangnan, Huang, the chairman of Hong Huai Energy Company, said.

The company had successively invested ¥60 million ($9 million) to carry out the development of the battery regeneration technology.

The battery activator in an acidic environment, combined with the external application of working voltage, can catalyse the decomposition of lead sulfate crystals, and then turn sulfate crystals into substances that can continue to participate in chemical reactions, which make batteries become functional again.

Using high-definition electron microscopy the company observed how the Pb2SO4 crystal on the battery plate had a large crystal shape before regeneration. But after repairing, it turns into floc.

However, some cynicism needs to be practiced, because as one battery industry insider told BEST, that equates to around 500,000 tonnes per year, or around $1billion in metal value. So an important question is, if Guangzhou Hong Huai Energy's figure is true, is it going to be cost effective? The insider called the scheme, ahem, 'bovine excrement'— or words to that effect. BEST questions how the company will test the sulfation of that many batteries.

The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding.

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Lithium cell using recycled cathode materials to be tested

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 09:37 -- Xuan Zhong

Large-scale recycling of lithium-ion cathode materials moved a step closer to market readiness when two North American firms agreed on a testing program.

US metals firm American Manganese aims to commercialise its proprietary hydrometallurgical process for the recycling of cathode materials of multiple chemistries.

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Green lead-acid recycling awarded tax breaks

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:44 -- Paul Crompton

Green lead-acid battery recycling start-up Aqua Metals has been granted tax incentives worth around $3.6 million by the State of Nevada.

Aqua Metals recently opened its AquaRefinery facility in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center in Nevada, where it’s commercialising a non-polluting electrochemical technology called AquaRefining™.

The tax breaks were granted because of the company ‘facilitating economic development’ and bringing more than 50 jobs to the state by 2017.

The Governor’s Board of Economic Development granted Aqua Metals the Real Property Tax Abatement for Recycling, the Sales and Use Tax Abatement, the Modified Business Tax Abatement and the Personal Property Tax Abatement.

“These incentives will substantially support our bottom line as we begin to ramp recycling production and generate revenue,” said Thomas Murphy, CFO of Aqua Metals.

“Part of our mission is to run a business that is both economically and environmentally sustainable, and Nevada’s pro-business policies are a big part of making that a reality.”

AquaRefining uses a fundamentally non-polluting, room temperature, closed-loop, water-based process to recycle lead-acid batteries.

The Company has deep strategic relationships with key industry partners, including Interstate Batteries, Battery Sysytems International and Wirtz Manufacturing.

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