By eloquent claims, Li-Cycle will change the energy storage industry with unprecedented efficient battery recycling technology.
Li-Cycle is an energy storage technology research company in Canada, only 3 years old but has made a bold statement: it can create eco-friendly lithium-ion batteries School, when 80-100% of the material can be recycled. In response to the Energy-Storage, Kunal Phalpher news site from the Li-Cycle, the battery recycling process in both Europe and China relies on metallurgy - that is, using heat to separate batteries and recycle them. about 30-40% of materials.
The first step involves reducing the size of the battery, chopping the battery and removing unnecessary plastic and metal . "The end result will be that the electrode materials have been shredded, that's the real value of the battery ," Phalpher said.
Even the stored battery can be chopped, which means that the battery is fully discharged before processing.
The second step in recycling is chemical treatment and metallurgy . ' We will take chopped metal and in turn take out its composition, which will be lithium carbonate, lithium, cobalt, copper, aluminum, graphite, and iron if any '.
According to Phalpher, existing battery recycling plants ' use a metallurgical process that does not yield any lithium. '
Clearly, the process of handling new batteries is aimed at portable electronic devices and electric vehicles; That's right, when the amount of cobalt in each device in these two sectors is very large. In addition, large-sized energy storage devices are new technologies developed, most of them are not fully depreciated, so it is impossible to consider recycling.
' The most eye-catching element is cobalt, nickel, lithium, and even a certain amount of copper is of high value. That's our main source of revenue when the end of the process , 'Phalpher said, once again emphasizing on receiving up to 80-100% of the material used to make batteries.
Currently, the capacity of the chopped battery factory in Canada is 5,000 tons, however, the second phase of the plant has not reached the range yet, it should continue to be developed so that the entire recycling chain is most effective.