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Closed loop lithium battery recycling still not economical

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 15:29 -- Paul Crompton

A number of factors must be reached before a convincing closed-loop system for recycling lithium-ion batteries is ready to be rolled out.

A sufficient recycling process, a stable price, and a constant flow of recyclable batteries must be established, experts have said.

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Safety concerns force partial closure of US lead battery recycling plant

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 12:12 -- Paul Crompton
Safety concerns force partial closure of US lead battery recycling plant

Failure to fix previously cited issues has led to US lead-based battery recycling firm Quemetco having to close part of its plant.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) closed a portion of the company’s battery recycling plant in the City of Industry.

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Tests start on lithium-ion cathode recycling process

Tue, 07/12/2016 - 15:08 -- Paul Crompton
Tests start on lithium-ion cathode recycling process

Canadian metals company American Manganese has started proof of concept testing of its large-scale lithium-ion cathode material recycling process.

Research and development firm Kemetco Research will undertake tests of the company’s proprietary hydrometallurgical process for the recycling of cathode materials, specifically lithium–cobalt.

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Aqua Metals Wins Platts Global Metals Rising Star Award for Innovations in Lead Industry

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:52 -- Paul Crompton
Aqua Metals Wins Platts Global Metals Rising Star Award for Innovations in Lead Industry

Electrochemical lead recycling firm Aqua Metals was named the winner of the Rising Star category in the 2016 Platts Global Metals Awards program.

Aqua Metals was recognised for its AquaRefining process, the industry’s first commercially viable alternative lead-acid battery recycling technology.

The company was also named a finalist in the Industry Leadership Award – Base Metals category. All finalists and awardees were chosen from more than 100 nominees across 17 countries.   

“It is an honor to earn the accolades of such a highly respected organization for our work to revolutionize the lead industry,” said Dr. Stephen Clarke (pictured), chairman and CEO of Aqua Metals.

“As we enter a ‘Battery Age,’ lead-acid technologies can experience continued market dominance with the development of a recycling method that is economically sustainable and environmentally responsible. This distinction affirms that Aqua Metals has developed just that.”

Aqua Metals also recently announced the signing of definitive agreements with Interstate Batteries. More here

 

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1m battery deal will get ‘green’ lead refinery off to flying start

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton
1m battery deal will get ‘green’ lead refinery off to flying start

A deal to process 1,000,000 lead batteries a year will allow ‘green’ recycling start-up Aqua Metals to run its new plant at near capacity from day one once it opens.

The US company, which is opening an electrochemical lead recycling plant in Nevada this July, signed a definitive agreements with North American replacement battery maker Interstate Batteries.

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s lead-acid battery problems destroying industry’s green credentials

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 15:27 -- Paul Crompton
Sub-Saharan Africa’s lead-acid battery problems destroying industry’s green credentials

A damning report about battery recycling in Africa lays waste to the lead-acid industry’s claims that regulations are making it environmentally better and safer than lithium-ion.

The findings, from The Lead Recycling Africa Project, have found lead poisoning is severely under-reported in sub-Saharan Africa, where 800,000 tonnes (8% of annual world production) is made available each year for recycling.

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Lead recycling firm seeks to boost California production

Mon, 12/14/2015 - 16:02 -- Paul Crompton
Lead recycling firm seeks to boost California production

US lead-acid recycling company Quemetco has applied for permission to increase production at its Califiornia plant.

The company, a subsidiary of private secondary lead smelting firm RSR Corporation, is aiming to improve operational efficiency its lead-acid battery recycling facility in City of Industry, reports the American Metals Market (AMM).

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Manufacturers should bear responsibility of Pb-A recycling

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 13:21 -- Paul Crompton
Manufacturers should bear responsibility of Pb-A recycling

Battery manufacturers should ensure their products are easily recognisable by chemistry, the 16th Asian Battery Conference was told.

Renewed calls have once again been made for a global identification system amid safety concerns as scrap lithium-ion batteries continue to be mixed with lead-acid battery in recycling shipments.

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EXCLUSIVE: Water set to drown lead's recycling reputation

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:37 -- Paul Crompton
Water set to drown lead's recycling reputation

EXCLUSIVEAn American firm has broken ground on the world’s first ‘green’ lead-acid recycling plant as it looks to eradicate smelting’s polluting reputation.

US start-up Aqua Metals is set to enter the commercial recycling industry with its AquaRefining™ technology which aims to replace conventional smelting with a water-based ‘greener’ alternative.

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Waste Pb-A revision could hit recycling targets

Mon, 08/24/2015 - 11:35 -- Paul Crompton
Waste Pb-A revision could hit recycling targets

European battery recycling is set to be shaken up after the UK’s Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) re-classified the definition of ‘portable’ to include anything over 4Kg.

Two years after the revision was first mooted, and following a consultation this year, the current 4-10kg ‘grey area’ is due to be removed from the Government Guidance on the Waste Batteries Regulations 2009.

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