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Battery recycling will become more practical with Argonne-developed techniques

Argonne National Laboratory
Scientists at Argonne are making it safer, easier, and cheaper for consumers to recycle batteries from their electronic devices.

How to recycle an EV battery

PNAS Journal
The upswing in EV sales means a flood of used batteries in the coming years. What’s the best way to minimize their environmental impact and reuse precious minerals?

Greener solution powers new method for lithium-ion battery recycling

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Used lithium-ion batteries from cell phones, laptops and a growing number of electric vehicles are piling up, but options for recycling them remain limited mostly to burning or chemically dissolving shredded batteries. The current state of the art methods can pose environmental challenges and be difficult to make economical at the industrial scale.

How Recycling Batteries Could Help Us Keep Up with the Decarbonization Race

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Maybe you toss your spent batteries into a jar on your kitchen counter. Or maybe it is a corner of a junk drawer that slowly accumulates AA and D cells after your TV remotes, smoke alarms, and clocks drain their power. And maybe, if you are especially concerned about chemicals leaching into water supplies or trash fires, you are one of the few who sends these dormant metals to a recycling center.

How Are EV Batteries (Actually) Recycled?

Electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling is crucial to a sustainable, electrified transportation system. A substantial portion of key minerals for electrifying could come from recycled batteries by 2050, dramatically reducing the need for new mining. But how those batteries are recycled can make a big difference—we must use recycling processes with high mineral recovery rates and lower environmental impact. In this blog post, I’ll explain different ways to recycle batteries and why getting it right is essential.

DOE – $2M to 8 Projects to Advance Li-ion Battery Recycling and Remanufacturing
Batteries News
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO) has allocated $2 million to propel advancements in lithium-ion battery (LIB) component remanufacturing, repurposing and reuse by funding eight groundbreaking projects over a one-year performance period.

Funding Selections: FY23 AMMTO Recycling-Remanufacturing Lab Call
U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO) has allocated $2 million to propel advancements in lithium-ion battery (LIB) component remanufacturing, repurposing and reuse by funding eight groundbreaking projects over a one-year performance period.

The Complete Guide to EV Battery Recycling Techniques
Electric cars have been hailed as the future of personal transportation, but one glaring issue stands in the way — a lack of EV battery recycling capabilities.

DOE Invests $2 Million to Advance Li-Ion Battery Recycling and Remanufacturing Technologies
U.S. Department of Energy
The clean energy economy of the future will be powered by Lithium-ion batteries, which are used for everything from smart phones and laptops to electric vehicles and home storage. To meet the growing demand for these energy sources—and to strengthen America’s energy independence—we must address challenges in the critical materials supply chain by advancing Lithium-ion battery recycling and remanufacturing technologies and capabilities.

Beyond batteries: How scientists at Argonne National Laboratory are improving the future of clean energy
Efforts are underway to clean up our atmosphere, from high-powered EV chargers to carbon-neutral aviation fuel. Scientists in Chicago area are focused on decarbonizing our planet and they’re working at unprecedented speeds.

How to Ensure a Sustainable Future for Electric School Bus Batteries
World Resources Institute
Support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s $5 billion Clean School Bus Program in 2022 led to electric school bus purchases in every state in the nation and has put significant momentum behind electric school bus adoption nationwide.

Why should we be recycling our EV batteries?

When an electric vehicle battery reaches the end of its life, this doesn’t mean it’s the end of the road for the battery. The rise in demand for electric vehicles and other various electronic products means that consumers usually dispose of their electronic products with normal household waste.

This EV battery recycling plant in Ohio is planning a huge expansion

Canary Media
Bolstered by federal funds, Cirba Solutions is growing fast to meet rising demand for recycled metals and minerals. Canary Media gets a firsthand look.

Why Recycling is Essential to the Battery Business

Design News
Battery materials don’t go away; they just change form—and with battery recycling, those forms remain useful.

Uncle Sam Wants You To Recycle The Dead Cellphones And Laptops In Your Junk Drawer

There’s little need to repeat all the drawbacks of the supply chain for lithium-ion batteries—the destructive and exploitive mining, the dependence on dubious governments, the increasing rarity of critical materials.

EV Battery Recycling — Jumping In
Lithium-ion batteries are essential for decarbonizing transportation through electric vehicles and building a resilient, renewable energy grid through energy storage batteries. The grid energy storage industry represents a much smaller fraction of the lithium-ion battery market than electric vehicles, but it too has a responsibility to ensure batteries are responsibly and sustainably produced and then productively recirculated at end of life.

Expanding a Circular Renewable Economy and Improving End-of-Life Management for Renewable Technologies
EQ International
As the U.S. renewable energy economy grows, the question of how to dispose of decommissioned technologies, such as solar panels and wind turbines, is increasingly coming into focus.

The end of a battery’s life matters as much as its beginning
Americans are terrible at recycling. Electric cars are a chance to change that.

Biden-Harris Administration Awards $2.8 Billion to Supercharge U.S. Manufacturing of Batteries for Electric Vehicles and Electric Grid
U.S. Department of Energy
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funding Going to 20 Companies Across 12 States Will Strengthen America’s Energy Independence, Create Good-Paying Construction and Manufacturing Jobs, and Lower Costs.

EVs: Why Adopting Chemical-Free Processes to Meet Lithium-ion Battery Demand is the Way Forward
News 18
Governments and automakers around the world are pushing for the mass adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) as the replacement of traditional petrol-diesel vehicles to combat climate change. However, as EVs gain more popularity, even in India, a persistent question has emerged—are they truly as environmentally friendly as they claim?

How Bad Is The Battery Manufacturing Process For EVs?
EV manufacturers are searching the world over for more sources of minerals and materials for lithium-ion batteries. Competition between the West and China, which controls supply chains for battery metals, is heating up the quest.

The future of energy starts with rebuilding the battery
Millions of tons of batteries are heading to landfills. Here’s the plan to save them.

Cirba Solutions President & CEO Accepts Appointment to New Energy Tech Advisory Committee for Argonne National Laboratory

Yahoo! Finance
David Klanecky will serve as a battery materials and recycling expert to shape the country’s path to a clean energy economy.

New Ideas Reviewed For Re Using Batteries And Solar Panels

Before It’s News
In a new comprehensive literature review, National Renewable Energy Laboratory researchers have discovered that alternatives to recycling may have untapped potential to build an effective circular economy for solar photovoltaic (PV) and battery technologies.

The Battery Show in Novi will Highlight Emerging Technologies

The Battery Show, North America’s largest and most comprehensive advanced battery technology event, will take place at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi from Sept. 13-15.

Electric vehicles are the lesser of two EV-ils, and they’re more eco-friendly than ICE
News WWC
Sergey Paltsev, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Energy Initiative, revealed that there are currently about 1.2 billion fuel-powered cars on the road globally. In contrast, there are only about 10 million electric vehicles (EVs) plying the roads worldwide.

Senior-Level Execs from Ford, Argonne National Laboratory, Solid Power, and More to Speak at The Battery Show North America
AP News
The Battery Show, North America’s largest and most comprehensive advanced battery technology event, today announced an extensive speaker lineup confirmed to explore the industry’s most disruptive technologies, battery supply chain strategies, workforce innovation, and much more at the September event.

As EV sales are rising, recyclers are getting ready for spent batteries

Mining Technology
With governments investing in electric cars, securing future critical mineral supplies – including through battery recycling – is top of mind.

When Does the Clean-Energy Infinity Loop Start?

The Atlantic
Digging up minerals for rechargeable batteries has a high initial cost, but eventually those minerals can be recycled indefinitely.

Four Essentials For A Stronger American Clean Energy Supply Chain

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, no one needed a reminder that supply chain disruptions can create unexpected, crippling shortages on the turn of a dime. Nonetheless, the current conflict in Ukraine has again highlighted our global interdependence, sparking threats of food insecurity and pushing crude oil prices to highs not seen since 2008.

Green growth and electric vehicles: the role of recycling

LSE Business Review
The UK needs an electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling industry. This could strengthen the British EV supply chain and support the future development of UK-based gigafactories (large-scale battery factories) and electric vehicle production. Viet Nguyen-Tien, Robert Elliott, Gavin Harper, and Laura Lander discuss how a new clean tech industry can contribute to net-zero targets.

The Electric Car Industry Has a Supply Problem
This is part one of a two-part explainer on the electric car battery supply chain. Here is how the car industry painted itself into a corner. Up next is what it’s doing to do knock its way back out.

At a CAGR of 19.6%, the Global Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Market is slated to be worth US$ 1,392.8 million by 2027, says The Insight Partners
Digital Journal
According to The Insight Partners’ research, the global lithium-ion battery recycling market was valued at US$ 403.8 million in 2019 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 19.6% from 2018 to 2027 to amass a market value of US$ 1,392.8 million by 2027. The major features leading toward the market expansion are the inappropriate disposal of the lithium-ion battery, recovery of valuable metals through the disposal of lithium-ion batteries, and continuous government initiatives for lithium-ion battery recycling.

Strengthening circular economy for solar and battery technologies

Innovation News Network
Scientists at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) believe that other strategies besides recycling should be focused on to bolster the circular economy for solar and battery technologies.

DOE Announces Battery Recycling Prize Phase III Winners

Electric Energy Online
Today (June 21), DOE announced the four winners of Phase III of the Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Prize, a multiphase competition that incentivized American entrepreneurs to develop and demonstrate processes that, when scaled, have the potential to profitably capture 90% of all discarded or spent lithium-based batteries in the United States for eventual recovery and reintroduction of key materials into the U.S. supply chain.

Toyota joins Redwood Materials’ EV battery recycling initiative

U.S. startup Redwood Materials Inc on Tuesday said Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) has become the latest auto industry giant to join its comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling and remanufacturing initiative.

US increases production to catch China in global battery race

Yahoo! News
As battery-powered electric vehicles become a mainstay on the nation’s highways — and a key piece of President Biden’s environmental policy — the U.S. is facing a formidable challenge in its efforts to compete in the global battery race.

As EV sales are rising, recyclers are getting ready for spent batteries

Energy Monitor
With governments investing in electric cars, securing future critical mineral supplies – including through battery recycling – is top of mind.

Research Confirms West Midlands as Battery Recycling Heart of UK

African Eye Report
Huge battery recycling facilities in the West Midlands, such as the planned Veolia plant in Minworth, are ideally situated to support the UK’s Lithium-Ion (LiB) battery recycling industry, say analysts at the University of Birmingham.

Laboratory Partnerships Bolster Battery Recycling Prize Solutions

Competitors leverage laboratory capabilities to improve the lithium-ion battery recycling supply chain.

Opportunities and Challenges to Establish a Robust Domestic Battery Industry in the U.S.

AZO Materials
The United States has exciting potential to become an innovative global leader in battery manufacturing. But critical challenges need to be addressed before that potential can be realized.

Biden Administration Begins $3 Billion Plan for Electric Car Batteries
The Biden administration plans to begin a $3.1 billion effort on Monday to spur the domestic production of advanced batteries, which are essential to its plan to speed the adoption of electric vehicles and renewable energy.

Retriev Technologies Acquires Battery Solutions to Create Largest Comprehensive Battery Management Solution in North America
Combined Offering Creates Recycling Solution for Industry and Consumers Enabling a “Circular Supply Chain” Opportunity.

Mercedes-Benz firms up plans for 2,500-tonne battery recycling plant
Luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz AG (MBGn.DE) on Friday firmed up plans to build a battery recycling pilot plant in Germany, part of a trend in which carmakers are trying to cut the use of scarce raw materials needed for electric vehicles.

Redwood Materials Launches First EV-battery Recycling Program in California
EE Power
Backed by hundreds of millions in funding and with support from the likes of Ford and Volvo, Redwood will seek to prepare the state for an impending flood of dead and dying Li-ion batteries.

Argonne’s Jessica Durham on ‘end of life’ planning for lithium ion batteries (Episode 138)
Automotive News
In this podcast, the Argonne National Lab materials scientist outlines how batteries can be recycled without sacrificing profits, how technology borrowed from mining can be used to extract value from old cells, the promise of solid-state, and why the U.S. is on track to meet its goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Developing Strong EV Supply Chains Will Mean Taking Environmental Mining Seriously
The Biden administration’s plan to expand electric vehicle sales to more than half of all new car purchases by 2031 currently seems to hang on supply chains far from our shores. If we want to expand our EV fleets, revamping the supply chains for these critical minerals required is top priority.

Sustainable electrochemical process could improve lithium-ion battery recycling
Control Engineering
Spent lithium-ion batteries have metals that are hard to separate for recycling, but new tech by University of Illinois researchers uses electrochemistry to separate and recover the metals.

Heritage Battery Recycling merges with Retriev Technologies
Recycling Today
The Heritage Group, an Indianapolis-based firm that manages a portfolio of companies specializing in heavy construction and materials, environmental services and specialty chemicals, has announced the merging of Heritage Battery Recycling, its battery management and recycling business, with Retriev Technologies, a lithium-ion battery processor in Anaheim, California.

Battery Recycler Li-Cycle Gets a $100 Million Investment
Koch Strategic Platforms will buy a convertible note to support North American lithium-ion battery recycling specialist Li-Cycle’s rapidly expanding growth opportunities in North America, Europe and Asia. Li-Cycle currently operates facilities in Kingston, Ontario and Rochester, New York. The company has plans to open additional facilities in Arizona and Alabama and New York, which will create a closed loop recycling ecosystem.

Johnson Matthey partners with OnTo Technology on battery production scrap recycling
Johnson Matthey has entered into an agreement with OnTo Technology, a developer of battery recycling methods, to scale up OnTo’s process for the direct recycling of lithium-ion battery scrap.

Princeton NuEnergy announces strategic partnership with Wistron GreenTech and eTak Worldwide on a sustainable direct recycling solution for Lithium-ion Battery and Kickoff Pilot Project
WRDE Coast News
Princeton NuEnergy, Inc., an emerging growth company primarily engaged in the regeneration of Lithium-Ion Battery (LIB) material, announced today its partnership with Wistron GreenTech and eTak Worldwide. The partnership aims to democratize direct recycling of Lithium-ion batteries with reduced energy consumption, CO2 emissions and operational costs. The joint pilot project kicked off in 2021 summer which aims to provide a standardized and reliable route for direct recycling and to repurpose lithium-ion batteries at scale.

Ford CEO: ‘Our partnership with Redwood Materials will be critical to our plan to build electric vehicles’
Mega Dealer News
Ford Motor Company is teaming up with Redwood Materials to make electric vehicles (EVs) more sustainable with closed-loop battery recycling.

Lithium-ion Battery Lab and Recycling Facility Opens in Novi
DBusiness Magazine
Battery Resourcers, a vertically integrated lithium-ion battery recycling and manufacturing company based in Worcester, Mass., announced it is opening two new pilot plants, one of which will be in Novi.

What Are The Keys To EV Success? Tesla Is Focused On Battery Recycling
Tesla wants to sell 20 million electric vehicles per year by 2030. And it says for every car sold, CO2 levels will be dramatically reduced. So how does battery manufacturing impact that goal and what are Tesla’s plans to recycle?

Redivivus Announces Proof of Concept for Novel Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Process
Redivivus® announced today that it has successfully completed a proof of concept (PoC) to build Redi-Cycle™, a novel lithium-ion battery recycling process.

Redwood Materials Spending ‘Hundreds Of Millions’ To Speed Recycling For EV Batteries
Waste Advantage
Redwood Materials, a battery recycler created by Tesla cofounder JB Straubel, says it’s more than tripling the size of its operations in Nevada and will spend “hundreds of millions” to scale up recovery of lithium, cobalt, nickel and other commodity metals it sells to makers of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

Nouveau Monde and Lithion Sign a Collaboration Agreement to Recycle Graphite for Reuse as Anode Material in Batteries
Waste Advantage
Nouveau Monde Graphite Inc. and Lithion Recycling announce the signing of a collaboration agreement for the recovery and value-added transformation of recycled graphite for reuse as anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

Charging up
Recycling Today
Several companies are planning to deploy lithium-ion battery recycling technologies.

FCAB releases US blueprint for lithium batteries
Green Car Congress
The Federal Consortium for Advanced Batteries (FCAB) (earlier post) has released the National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries 2021–2030 to guide investments in the urgent development of a domestic lithium-battery manufacturing value chain.

ORNL team uses green solvent to recover materials from spent Li-ion batteries
Green Car Congress
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a solvent that results in a more environmentally friendly process to recover valuable materials from used lithium-ion batteries; supports a stable domestic supply chain for new batteries; and keeps old ones out of landfills.

EXCLUSIVE Biden’s electric vehicle plan includes battery recycling push
President Joe Biden’s strategy to make the United States a powerhouse in electric vehicles will include boosting domestic recycling of batteries to reuse lithium and other metals, according to government officials.

Biden’s infrastructure plan would benefit from a healthy domestic battery supply chain
President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan (The American Jobs Plan) aligns recovery stimulus and climate action. This is smart: Experts conclude that the green stimulus delivers high returns in job creation.

Argonne study finds rare earth supply disruptions can have long-range impacts
Green Car Congress
Rare earth materials are essential to a variety of economic sectors, including healthcare and clean energy. In a new study, scientists at Argonne National Laboratory highlighted which rare earth elements may be particularly vulnerable to disruptions such as mine shutdowns.

Cobalt Institute report: demand for cobalt for batteries grew at annual rate of 10% between 2013 and 2020
Green Car Congress
The Cobalt Institute has released its State of the Cobalt Market Report 2020. The Cobalt Institute commissioned Roskill to look at the global trends in cobalt consumption, supply and production in 2020.

Top 5 Benefits of Switching to Green Electric Cars
Conscious Life News
The future of driving is electric. Thanks to new technologies that promise to shorten charging times and increase range, not to mention the automation features that further enhance safety, there has never been a better time to choose an electric vehicle.

Millions of electric cars are coming. What happens to all the dead batteries?
The battery pack of a Tesla Model S is a feat of intricate engineering.

How to Dispose of a Laptop Battery
You shouldn’t toss an old laptop battery in the garbage. Recycling a laptop battery can seem a hassle, but it’s vital.

This company wants to ‘mine’ garbage to find metals for EV batteries
The rising number of electric vehicles in both the consumer and industrial sectors means electric vehicle battery companies are going to need an increasing amount of valuable metals.

Recycling – A batteries passport
Tech Xplore
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have devised a method to identify the unique chemical makeup of every lithium-ion battery around the world, information that could accelerate recycling, recover critical materials and resolve a growing waste stream.

How recyclable are electric car batteries?
Before EVs help save the world, they have one hulking flaw to address: their batteries.

Battery Recycling: How to Get There, Progress Along The Way
Battery Power
Battery recycling was the subject of a symposium last month at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference, Europe, and rightfully so. It’s the focus of a great deal of attention.

Retriev Technologies Inc. And Marubeni Corporation Announce Strategic Partnership For Developing New Circular Business For End-Of-Life Lithium-Ion Batteries
Marubeni Corporation (hereinafter, “Marubeni”) and Retriev Technologies Inc. (hereinafter, “Retriev”) have entered into a Strategic Partnership Agreement with the aim of developing a new circular business for End-of-Life Lithium-ion batteries (hereinafter, “EOL LiB”).

First Cobalt begins study of ‘black mass’ material from recycled batteries
The company will study the material as a supplemental source of feed for its hydrometallurgical refinery north of Toronto

Peridot Acquisition Corp. to take Li-Cycle public
Recycling Product News
Li-Cycle and Peridot Acquisition Corp. will enter into a definitive business combination agreement that will result in Li-Cycle becoming a public company.

Why the US must support the electric vehicle supply chain
The Hill
General Motors’ announcement last month that the company will phase out all gas-powered vehicles by 2035, coupled with Ford’s plan to double its electrification investments, are yet another sign that the global transition toward electric vehicles is well underway.

BASF says it is embracing the circular economy. Should we be skeptical?
While critics see virtue signaling, the company heralds the adoption of a green economic opportunity

Managing Small Consumer Batteries – Part 2
WasteAdvantage Magazine
Li-ion batteries are everywhere, are a growing part of the waste stream, and present unique additional hazards when improperly managed. Improving the status quo is clearly possible.

Fortum Oyj: expands its EV batteryrecycling operations with a new mechanical processing plant in Finland
In conjunction with the launch of Finland’s national battery strategy, Fortum today announced the further expansion of its battery recycling operations.

The time to solve the electric car’s battery problem is now
In September, Tesla announced that it would be phasing out the use of cobalt in its batteries, in an effort to produce a $25,000 electric vehicle within three years. If successful, this bold move will be an industry game changer, making electric vehicles competitive with conventional counterparts.

Old EV Batteries Look Like a Gold Mine for Dogged Entrepreneurs
Dismantling them to recover cobalt, lithium, and nickel could limit the environmental impact of car manufacturing. But for now it’s still a money-losing endeavor.