Jun 8, 2023 - 04:10 pm
US DoE invests in lithium battery recycling programmes
The Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO) has announced a funding pot of $2 million for the recycling and reuse of Li-ion batteries, administered through the ReCell Center located at Argonne National Laboratory.
May 24, 2023 - 01:26 pm
AMG Lithium to use Fortum recycled lithium
Fortum Battery Recycling and AMG Lithium have signed a preliminary contract and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the recycling of lithium salts. The common goal is to process lithium salts in Germany into battery-grade lithium hydroxide.
May 23, 2023 - 02:09 pm
Ford secures lithium for future electric cars
Ford is procuring lithium on a large scale for the batteries for its electric cars. The carmaker now signed agreements with five companies. Depending on the supplier, the first battery-grade materials will be delivered to the carmaker between 2025 and 2026.
May 15, 2023 - 11:25 am
UK: Ford spearheads H2 consortium
Ford is testing hydrogen fuel cell technology for its E-Transit. The carmaker is spearheading a consortium in the UK to test whether the technology suits customers with “energy-intensive use cases”.
May 9, 2023 - 12:43 pm
Tesla kicks off lithium refinery construction in Texas
Tesla has officially begun construction of its own lithium refinery in Texas and plans to complete it next year. By 2025, Tesla plans to produce enough battery-grade lithium hydroxide for one million electric cars at the site near Corpus Christi.
May 4, 2023 - 03:11 pm
German research team looks into remanufacturing e-bike drives
Together with partners, a team of researchers from the Fraunhofer IPA was able to show in a study that e-bike motors can be remanufactured in the sense of a modern circular economy. Since the remanufacturing succeeded with almost the same properties, the researchers see great potential in the approach.
Apr 27, 2023 - 02:19 pm
Fortum opens large-scale battery recycling plant in Finland
Fortum has completed its lithium-ion battery recycling factory in Harjavalta, Finland, on time. Announced in 2021, Fortum says this is the largest recycling plant in Europe in terms of capacity and also the first commercial-scale facility for hydrometallurgical recycling.
Apr 27, 2023 - 02:00 pm
BMW i Ventures leads investment into rare earth recycling
BMW’s investment arm BMW i Ventures announced an investment in Cyclic Materials, a Canadian company focused on recycling rare earth elements (REE). Regarding e-mobility, Cyclic Materials cooperates with Polestar to recover magnets for electric motors.
Apr 27, 2023 - 01:35 pm
Porsche & Norsk Hydro are working on sustainable aluminium
Porsche is cooperating with the Norwegian aluminium producer Norsk Hydro to significantly reduce the CO₂ footprint of aluminium in the automotive supply chain. By 2030, the aluminium supplied to Porsche and its suppliers should even be CO₂-free.
Apr 26, 2023 - 02:32 pm
Redwood Materials to recycle e-bike batteries for Rad
Redwood Materials will recycle e-bike batteries for Rad Power Bikes in North America, thus entering an often-overlooked market for LEV batteries. Founded by former Tesla man JB Straubel, Redwood also works with Panasonic, carmakers, and bike makers Specialized.
Apr 18, 2023 - 02:31 pm
EU project searches for local battery raw material sources
A new EU project called METALLICO is looking into how battery metals such as lithium, cobalt, copper, manganese, and nickel can be extracted in a sustainable way from primary and secondary raw material sources. The project includes 23 partners from nine countries.
Apr 11, 2023 - 12:04 pm
German recycling project looks at battery electrolytes
In Germany, battery industry players and university researchers are partnering on a joint project to improve the ecological footprint of lithium-ion batteries. The project, called SWELL, is led by battery electrolyte company Elyte Innovations, and joined by a team at the Technical University Dresden and the automotive lubricants company, Fuchs Smierstoffe.
Apr 5, 2023 - 04:07 pm
Rethmann subsidiaries launch battery recycling company
Rhenus Automotive and TSR Automotive – both subsidiary companies of the Rethmann Group – have founded the joint company The Battery Lifecycle Company GmbH (BLC). The declared aim is the reuse and recycling of lithium-ion batteries from the mobility sector.
Mar 31, 2023 - 10:12 am
US: Ascend Elements opens battery recycling plant in Georgia
The US American company Ascend Elements has opened its commercial-scale lithium-ion battery recycling facility in the US state of Georgia. The company invested $50 million in the site and says it is “North America’s largest electric vehicle battery recycling facility” to date.
Mar 28, 2023 - 09:33 am
Li-Cycle and Kion Group sign battery recycling agreement
The North American battery recycler Li-Cycle is cooperating with the industrial truck manufacturer Kion Group. Under the agreement, which runs until 2030, Li-Cycle will recycle batteries from Kion’s global brands starting in the second half of 2023.
Mar 23, 2023 - 03:39 pm
Cirba Solutions joins the battery belt in South Carolina
US battery recycler Cirba Solutions is investing $300 mn in a new recycling factory in South Carolina. The company, which counts GM among its customers, plans to start construction near Columbia in Richland County this year and begin operations by the end of 2024.
Mar 16, 2023 - 04:46 pm
EU Commission presents strategy to secure critical raw materials
The EU Commission is aiming for ten per cent of the EU’s demand for critical raw materials to be met from its own mining operations in 2030, 40 per cent from local processing and 15 per cent from EU recycling capacities. This was outlined in the newly presented ‘Critical Raw Materials Act’.
Mar 15, 2023 - 02:50 pm
Koura signs supply deal with Ascend Elements
Ascend Elements will supply Koura with up to 5,000 tonnes of recycled lithium carbonate per year. Koura will use the recycled lithium carbonate in lithium-ion battery materials for the US and European markets, including lithium hexafluorophosphate (LiPF6), a key electrolyte salt.