VW releases battery recycling details
The recently announced Volkswagen pilot plant for recycling electric car battery materials in Salzgitter, which will go into operation in 2020, is designed to initially produce 1,200 tonnes per year. The project in Salzgitter is to be followed by further recycling plants in the next few years.
VW bundles their battery business
Volkswagen is now bundling all tasks relating to the development and production of batteries into its Components division, which has n0w assumed responsibility for all aspects of energy storage – from cell production to mobile charging banks, to battery recycling.
Myth busting: Battery recycling does work
The battery of an electric car is often denigrated as rolling hazardous waste in circles still favouring the combustion engine. We were able to convince ourselves of the opposite at the specialist firm Duesenfeld that is disposing of the myth – Battery recycling works deep into the cell. It is only down to politics to […]
USA to recycle critical battery materials more intensely
The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced the establishment of a research and development centre for the recycling of critical materials such as cobalt and lithium from electric vehicle batteries for example. The aim is to reduce dependence on foreign resources.
Meet this solar Polar Explorer made from recycled plastic
A Dutch couple managed to combine two great ideas in one. Not only did they want to go to the South Pole, they also built their own polar explorer, a solar-powered vehicle constructed mostly from recycled plastic that is formed by a 3D printer. Clearly, they are on a world-changing mission.
Tesla’s recycling startup is expanded
Redwood Materials, the recycling startup founded by Tesla CTO JB Straubel, is expanding to Nevada. Possible connections to Tesla are rumoured once again, however no official statement has been released.
Japanese car manufacturers aim to unify battery recycling
Japanese automobile manufacturers have announced plans to launch a project in October, in which old EV batteries will be collected and recycled. Corresponding factories are being set up in seven prefectures: Hokkaido, Akita, Ibaraki, Aichi, Okayama, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi.
TU/ecomotive making “most circular car” a reality
A fully recyclable and light-weight electric car made from flax and sugar – what had been no more than a concept a few months ago, has now grown into a prototype. Awaiting certification, the makers from the TU Eindhoven will then take it on tour in Europe.
BYD and Changan to jointly produce batteries
BYD entered a strategic cooperation agreement with Changan Automobile to jointly manufacture batteries for electric vehicles. Both companies will produce up to 10 GWh of batteries together and sell as well as recycle those through a wide reaching joint venture based in Chongqing.
Nissan opens recycling plant to swap EV batteries with 4R
Nissan has opened a new factory and says it is the first recycling plant to specialise in reutilising Li-ion batteries from EVs. They shall be refabricated to go back into electric cars or fork lifts and also serve as energy storage. The facility in Namie, Japan will be run by 4R Energy, a JV between […]
EU inks Innovation Deal for battery regulation
The EU Commission has made a deal with 8 partners to review regulations governing EV battery recycling and reuse scenarios. Among the signees is the Renault-Nissan Alliance next to ministers from both France and the Netherlands.
China requires EV makers to recycle batteries
Beijing just published new rules that hold makers of electric vehicles responsible to collect and recycle their batteries. The industry ministry also calls for a service network through which the public can repair or exchange their old batteries.
TU Eindhoven with recyclable and circular EV concept
The ecomotive team at the TU Eindhoven has been looking into sustainable design for years now. Their latest electric car concept takes its clues from the circular economy. It is made from recyclable materials and uses renewable resources in the production process.
Toyota’s new motor halves use of rare-earth metals
Toyota has developed a new magnet for electric motors, which will cut dependence on rare-earth metals by around 50 percent. It reduces the use of such rare earths as neodymium and replaces others with cheaper alternatives that cost up to 20 times less.
EVERLASTING, Pen Test, battery recycling, Hyperloop.
Everlasting batteries: EVERLASTING stands for EV Enhanced Range, Lifetime and Safety Through INGenious battery management and is the latest Horizon 2020 project. The EU will spend 8.2m euros over four years to finance the development of battery management systems (BMS) designed to optimise thermal management, power density, and durability. The consortium is led by Swiss Lion E-Mobility AG.
globenewswire.com, ec.europa.eu (project)
Hybrid hacked: The Mitsubishi Outlander hybrid’s alarm can be turned off easily, IT security expert Pen Test Partners finds. Hackers could (virtually) enter the car via the on-board w-lan and even drain the battery. Mitsubishi recommended that drivers disable the wi-fi while it tries the findings.
bbc.com, pentestpartners.com (with video)
100% recovery: Finnish scientists managed to recycle crucial metals from battery waste with nearly 100 percent purity. With a so-called liquid-liquid extraction, they recovered lithium at 99.9% purity, cobalt at 99.6%, and nickel at 99.7% thus making the metals suitable for new power packs.
Russia on Hyperloop: The vast country considers to build a Hyperloop-like transport system à la Elon Musk. A first track could connect Moscow and St. Petersburg and Hyperloop One is in talks with the national railway company. Private investor Gordon Atlantic also backs the 13bn dollar project.
DLR & Lange Aviation, Ford, Fuel cell recycling, VCU.
Quietly chasing the bad guy: The electric sailplane ‘Antares’ developed by Lange Aviation and DLR (German Aerospace Centre) is equipped with a special camera in order to survey offenders from above and send the images to police in real time. Helicopters would be too noisy for the job. The Antares was built as both a battery powered and a fuel cell version.
ingenieur.de, dlr.de (articles in German)
Ford heads for Silicon Valley: Ford plans to open a “Research & Innovation Center” in Palo Alto, less than three miles from the HQ of Tesla Motors. The centre will supposedly be one of the auto industry’s largest. Whether Ford will feel inspired by its neighbour to work on electrification was not announced.
Recycling fuel cells: Axion Consulting, Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells and Technical Fibre Products have developed a recycling process to recover high-value materials from waste fuel cells. The collaborative project is funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.
Doubling efficiency: A professor from the Virginia Commonwealth University has received 505,000 dollars from the National Science Foundation to make Li-ion batteries more efficient and environmentally friendly. Assistant Professor Dr. Arunkumar Subramanian says he will simultaneously research alternative battery materials that are both nontoxic and more abundant.
– Feedback –
Most clicked link on Thursday was Hyundai´s “Prius-fighter” dedicated hybrid seen wearing production body.