All About Our Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Process
Innovation to fight climate change
Developed by experienced process engineers and chemists, our lithium-ion battery recycling technology combines the novel use of existing processes with new operations designed for metallurgical extraction in an urban setting.
Patent-pending hydrometallurgy-based process makes lithium-ion battery recycling efficient and cost-effective
Our process makes it possible for 95% of battery components to be recycled or returned to manufacturers to make new lithium-ion batteries
Enables recycling for all chemistries of lithium-ion batteries (from LCO to NMC, LMO, NCA, and LFP)
The used lithium-ion battery market is expected to reach 7 million tonnes per year by 2040, according to Argonne National Laboratory.
- Safe: batteries are handled automatically – no manual dismantling required
- Low GHG emissions
- Small-capacity plants: local deployment minimizes transportation and the complex logistics of transporting hazardous waste
- Produces high-purity materials
- Recycles 95% of electric vehicle battery components
- Combines innovative hydrometallurgy-based processes
- Make it possible to recycle all types of lithium-ion batteries
Using Hydrometallurgy to Recycle Lithium-Ion Batteries
After a mechanical separation step (plastic/metals), hydrometallurgical processes are used to purify the various metals contained in the cathode. These processes include a lixiviation step that dissolves metallic oxides in an aqueous solution, as well as several precipitation and separation steps to obtain high-purity components.
Because hydrometallurgical processes can be complicated to implement, they aren’t typically the first choice for recycling electric car batteries, for example. Our technical team’s chemical and process expertise were key to our success in executing these steps. That’s how Lithion Recycling was able to develop an innovative process based on hydrometallurgy.