As the electric vehicle (EV) market takes off in the US, China, and around the world, environmentalists have reason to celebrate. EVs are going mainstream and soon a significant portion of all vehicles on the road will be fully electric.
major manufacturers such as general motors company GM It joins the ranks of EV pioneers such as Tesla Inc. TSLA When Rivian Automotive Co., Ltd. Rivenwill take a big step towards EV in the near future. ford motor company debt It plans to produce 2 million EVs annually by 2026.
This is expected to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and slow the course of climate change. However, not all roses.
EV batteries, especially their recyclability, are threatening the hard-earned environmental benefits of eliminating internal combustion engine emissions.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, by 2030 there will be 140 million EVs on the road worldwide. In the same year, 11 million tons of lithium-ion batteries will reach the end of their life. Efficient and effective recycling of these batteries is essential and, at present, the world’s recycling capacity is severely lacking.
Elements such as lithium, nickel, manganese and cobalt in these batteries are expensive to mine from the ground. The process of extracting these metals from the earth leads to further harm to the environment, not to mention the human rights violations inherent in many of the mining industries in the specific areas where these metals are found.
To maximize the life of each ounce of metal mined and minimize the amount mined, an effective recycling industry must be created. However, there are some barriers to this.
Historically, batteries have been designed to maximize charging, efficiency, and more. Recyclability has been largely ignored. In other words, creating an efficient process is very difficult. Most of the processes that currently exist are very energy intensive and do not recover sufficient amounts of raw materials.
Moreover, building a large recycling plant is expensive. Most of the work done so far to address this problem comes from academia. This research is important, but recycling needs to become commercially viable to truly address global issues.
Based on the above issues, Recycle Lico Battery Materials Co., Ltd. Amizuf You could be a true pioneer. The company has developed a process to address these issues. Its proprietary process recovers up to 100% of key battery metals from waste lithium-ion battery materials for efficient recovery.
The company has another important advantage. RecycLiCo works within an “integrated” system. In addition to recycling, the company upcycles waste into battery-compatible materials that it sends back for battery remanufacturing. Thus creating a closed loop supply of battery materials.
This is in direct contrast to other recyclers who build independent recycling plants. They can fall victim to the shortage of battery waste needed for recycling.
Now, the company says it has closed the loop on the battery recycling process, demonstrating the efficiency and quality of the process. It assembled the upcycled product into new battery cells and was verified by a third party company, his C4V.
This is an important step and proof that the company has the potential to realize the green dream of EVs.
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