Monday, October 25, 2021

Breakthrough Research Makes Recycling Lithium-Ion Batteries More Economical - Californianewstimes.com

Last updated Sunday, October 3, 2021 22:10 ET , Source: NewsService

How can I make battery recycling cost effective? ReCell Center scientists have taken a new step towards that goal.

Lithium-ion batteries are the current and future engine of our technology. They power portable electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops and electric vehicles (EVs), which are becoming more popular. However, the increasing use of lithium-ion batteries, especially in automobiles, outweighs the technology for recycling them. Scientists at the ReCell Center, now the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, the first advanced battery recycling research and development center in the United States, remove one of the biggest obstacles to manufacturing. I made a very important discovery. Recycling lithium-ion batteries is economically feasible.

The recycling process currently in use allows the recovery of low-value metals for battery manufacturers. A big problem is imminent. Within 10 years, researchers predict that 2 million tonnes of lithium-ion batteries, which have reached the end of their life from EVs, will be scrapped each year. The number of used EV batteries is currently low, but will increase significantly as older models reach the end of their useful life. The current recycling infrastructure is not ready for inflow.

“If the battery industry is buying recycled cathode materials for reuse in new batteries, they are not going to sacrifice purity.” — Jessica Durham, Argonne Materials Scientist, Co-author of Research

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