Factsheet: Novel Processing and Design Technologies will Make Battery Recycling Profitable

The ReCell Center, the Department of Energy’s first advanced battery recycling R&D center, will develop cost-effective, flexible processing techniques to extract maximum value from current and future battery chemistries at end‑of-life.
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Factsheet: Closing the Lithium-ion Battery Life Cycle

Electric drive vehicle sales are growing worldwide. The key component in these vehicles is the
lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery. While it is possible to extend the life of Li-ion batteries in applications
such as grid storage, eventually they reach their end-of-life (EOL).
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Factsheet: EverBatt

EverBatt is an Excel-based model that evaluates cost and environmental impacts for the various life-cycle stages of a lithium-ion battery.
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Video: What is in your battery? And Can More of it be Recycled? The US Department of Energy launched in February 2019 the ReCell Center, a national R&D facility based at Argonne National Laboratory. A goal of the center is to recover more material from your spent cell phone, computer and electric vehicle batteries. See what’s in your battery.


Electric drive vehicle sales are growing worldwide. The key component in these vehicles is the lithium-ion (LI-ion) battery. While it is possible to extend the life of Li-ion batteries in applications such as grid storage, eventually they reach their end-of-life. This fact sheet discusses the life-cycle issues associated with Li-ion battery recycling.

Media Coverage

It’s time to get serious about recycling lithium-ion batteries
Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN)
July 14, 2019

How to better recycle all those batteries? This UCSD professor has some ideas
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 27, 2019

Volkswagen, DOE Want EV Battery Recycling For Fun and Profit
DesignNews
March 18, 2019

America’s got a lithium battery problem. Argonne may have the answer
Chicago Tribune
March 8, 2019

Volkswagen recycling project targets spent batteries
RubberNews.com
March 4, 2019

VW recycling project targets spent batteries
Automotive News
March 3, 2019

Federal battery recycling projects move forward
Resource Recycling
Fe. 26, 2019

US Government opens new battery recycling centre
Energy Live News
Feb. 25, 2019

How Argonne’s battery research center could mean cheaper electric cars
The Daily Herald
Feb. 25, 2019

DOE Opens Battery Recycling Center at Argonne National Laboratory
Environmental Protection
Feb. 21, 2019

Argonne lab leading U.S. push on lithium batteries: ‘If  we don’t recycle, we will run out of materials’
EQ International
Feb. 20, 2019

Energy Department announces opening of Battery Recycling Centre at Argonne National Lab
ElecTrans
Feb. 20, 2019

U.S. OKs $15M to study recycling lithium batteries
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
Feb. 20, 2019

Energy Department Launches Battery Recycling Initiatives
Scrap
Feb. 20, 2019

US DOE opens first lithium-ion battery recycling R&D Center: ReCell
Supplierinsight
Feb. 18, 2019

Recycling Batteries
DailyHeralds
Feb. 19, 2019

Lithium-Ion Recycling R&D Center to ‘Recover Economic Value’ of Key Materials
Environmental Leader
Feb. 19, 2019

DOE Launches US’s First Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling R&D Center
Waste Management World
Feb. 19, 2019

Recycling Batteries
Illinois Public Media/NPR-Illinois
Feb. 19, 2019

Energy Department Announces Opening of Battery Recycling Center at Argonne National Laboratory
Electric Energy Online
Feb. 19. 2019

Battery Recycling Center Opens at Argonne National Lab
OEM Off-Highway
Feb. 19, 2019

DOE Seeks to Spur Lithium-Ion Recycling
Coastal Review Online
Feb. 19, 2019

Recycling Batteries
Illinois Public Radio
Feb. 19, 2019

UC San Diego Part of DOE’s First Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling R&D Center
Science and Technology Research News
Feb. 19, 2019

Argonne lab leading U.S. push on lithium batteries: ‘If we don’t recycle, we will run out of materials’
The Baltimore Sun
Feb. 18, 2019

Argonne lab leading U.S. push on lithium batteries: ‘If we don’t recycle, we will run out of materials’
The Chicago Tribune
Feb. 18, 2019

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is Collaborator in a New National Center on Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling
Times Union
Feb. 18, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling Story 
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Feb. 18, 2019

US seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries
Butler Eagle
Feb. 18, 2019

DOE Seeks to Spur Lithium-Ion Recycling
Coastal Review Online
Feb. 18, 2019

DOE opens lithium-ion battery recycling center
Recycling Today
Feb. 18, 2019

US Seeks Ways to Recycle Lithium Batteries In Cars, Phones
Keoland TV
Feb. 17, 2019

U.S. seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars, phones
Japan Today
Feb. 17, 2019

Lithium-Ion Batteries-Recycling
STL.News
Feb. 17, 2019

US: Push to begin on lithium-ion batteries
NWAOnline
Feb. 17, 2019

U.S. seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars, phones
KOKH Fox25
Feb. 17, 2019

DOE launches its first lithium-ion battery recycling R&D center: ReCell
Newswise
Feb. 16, 2019

Power play: US wants to recycle lithium batteries
Khaleej Times
Feb. 16, 2019

Us seeks ways to recycle lithium-ion batteries
The Columbian
Feb. 16, 2019

US seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars, phones
Newser
Feb. 16, 2019

U.S. seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries
The Detroit News
Feb. 16, 2019

US seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars, phones
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Feb. 16, 2019

U. S. seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars and cellphones
Martins Ferry Times Leader
Feb. 16, 2019

US will develop tech to recycle lithium from EV, mobiles to meet expected demand
Firstpost
Feb. 16, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story
The Chronicle Journal
Feb. 16, 2019

US seeks ways to recycling lithium batteries
Taiwan News
Feb. 16, 2019

Michigan Technological University’s Lei Pan Part of First DOE Lithium-Ion Recycling R&D Center
Michigan Tech News
Feb. 16, 2019

DOE launches its first Li-ion battery recycling R&D center: ReCell
Green Car Congress
Feb. 16, 2019

WPI is Collaborator in a New National Center on Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling
WPI News
Feb. 16, 2019

Energy Department announces opening of battery recycling center
Digital Journal
Feb. 16, 2019

US eager to recycle lithium batteries to avoid buying them from China
South China Morning Post
Feb. 16, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries- Recycling story
Cadillac News
Feb. 16, 2019

US to research recycling of lithium-ion batteries
The Japan Times
Feb. 16, 2019

US seeks ways to recycle lithium batteries in cars, phones
KRMG
Feb. 16, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story
Beloit Daily News
Feb. 16, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story
WV News
Feb. 16, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story
Coeur d’Alene Press
Feb. 16, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story
Tacoma News Tribune
Feb. 16, 2019

National Lithium Recycling Project Launched
US BatteryCenter.com
Feb. 16, 2019

US to explore recycling lithium car and phone batteries
Akron Beacon Journal
Feb. 16, 2019

Lithium-Ion Batteries-Recycling story
Renewablesnaps
Feb. 16, 2019

US will develop tech to recycle lithium from EV, mobiles to meet expected demand
Yahoo news
Feb. 16, 2019

Lithium-Ion Batteries-Recycling
KOAA News Channel 5
Feb. 16, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling
Fox Business
Feb. 16, 2019

Lithium ion Batteries-Recycling
The Washington Post
Feb. 16, 2019

Energy Department Announces Opening of Battery Recycling Center at Argonne National Lab
EIN News
Feb. 15, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling
Seattle Times
Feb. 15, 2019

US Seeks Ways to Recycle Lithium Batteries in Cars, Phones
The Daily Herald
Feb. 15, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling
The Daily Mail UK
Feb. 15, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling
US News and World Report
Feb. 15, 2019

America is losing battery metals arms race
North of 60 Mining News
Feb. 15, 2019

Lithium Ion Battery-Recycling
San Francisco Gate
Feb. 15, 2019

Lithium Ion Battery-Recycling
WTOP.com
Feb. 15, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling
WRAL.com
Feb. 15, 2019

U.S. seeks to recycle lithium batteries form cars, phones
The Philadelphia Tribune
Feb. 15, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling
Sacramento Bee
Feb. 15, 2019

US Seeks Ways to Recycle Lithium Batteries in Cars, Phones
Financial Post
Feb. 15, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling
Tampa Bay Times
Feb. 15, 2019

US Seeks Ways to Recycle Lithium Batteries in Cars, Phones
CBS Chicago
Feb. 15, 2019

Litium Ion Batteries-Recycling
Miami Herald
Feb. 15, 2019

As Used Batteries Pile Up, Feds Seek to Improve Recycling Tech
Bloomberg Environment
Feb. 15, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Feb. 15, 2019

US steps up efforts to recycle ubiquitous batteries
Charleston Post Courier
Feb. 15, 2019

Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling
Seattle Times
Feb. 15, 2019

Lithium-Ion Batteries-Recycling
Fox Business
Feb. 15, 2019

Battery Recycling Prize: US invests millions in innovation
Recycling International
Feb. 12, 2019

Argonne researchers develop ReCell model to gauge impact of recycling batteries from EVs
Green Car Congress
Jan 26, 2019

Lithium Battery Recycling Center Launches At Argonne
Lemont Patch
Jan. 24, 2019

Federal dollars to address problem material stream
Resource Recycling
Jan 23, 2019

Lipinski Hails New DOE Battery Recycling R&D Center at Argonne National Lab
Press Release from Congressman Dan Lipinski
Jan 22, 2019

Department of Energy Commits to Ramping Up Lithium-ion Battery Recycling
waste360
Jan 23, 2019

Department of Energy commits $20.5M to spark lithium-ion battery recycling
Waste Dive

Jan 22, 2019

DOE launches two initiatives to promote battery recycling
Daily Energy Insider
Jan 22, 2019

VA wait times appear to be going down
Federal News Network
Jan 22, 2019

DOE Establishes Battery Recycling R&D Center and Prize, Citing Security
Energy Manager Today

Jan 21, 2019

Addressing climate change through energy innovation may take an infrastructure revolution
Daily Energy Insider

Jan 21, 2019

DOE launches Battery Recycling Prize and establishes Battery Recycling R&D Center
Green Car Congress
Jan 18, 2019

US Department of Energy Launches Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize
Waste Management World
Jan 18, 2019

USA to recycle critical battery materials more intensely
www.electrive.com
Jan 18, 2019

DOE Introduces Lithium Battery Material Recycling Contest; Rick Perry Quoted
ExecutiveBiz (blog)
Jan 18, 2019

Energy Department Announces Battery Recycling Prize and Battery Recycling R&D Center
Energy.gov
Jan 17, 2019

Daily on Energy: Conservative energy chief holds Trump to federal climate report findings
Washington Examiner
Jan 17, 2019

Perry dangles multi-million dollar prizes for battery recycling, citing national security
Washington Examiner
Jan 17, 2019

Perry urges battery recycling to reduce dependence on foreign suppliers
Chron.com
Jan 17, 2019

Perry dangles multi-million dollar prizes for battery recycling, citing national security
Washington Examiner
Jan 17, 2019

U.S. Energy Department to develop lithium recycling research center
Reuters
Jan 17, 2019

US Department of Energy Launches Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize
Waste Management World
Jan 17, 2019

U.S. Launches Battery Recycling R&D Center To Boost Energy Security
OilPrice.com
Jan 17, 2019

Perry urges battery recycling to reduce dependence on foreign suppliers
Houston Chronicle
Jan 17, 2019

Energy Department Announces Battery Recycling Prize and Battery Recycling R&D Center
Waste Advantage Magazine
Jan 17, 2019