Luis Diaz Aldana, Josh McNally, John Klaehn, Tedd Lister
Presented by Luis Diaz Aldana
The fast growth of the electric vehicle (EV) market is generating increasing concern regarding the sources and availability of minerals required to meet a growing demand for lithium ion batteries (LIBs). Critical elements (lithium, cobalt, and graphite) are crucial to sustain the manufacturing of a growing EV market as well as thriving portable devices demand. Interest in LIBs recycling is surging as a path to enable circular battery economy and supply chain stabilization for critical materials in LIBs. Industrial processes for the recycling of LIBs are already operating, mostly focused on the recovery of Co, Ni and Mn from battery cathodes as the most valuable metals in the LIBs. Hydrometallurgical processes have been proposed for a comprehensive recovery that includes lithium and graphite, but the high operating costs and intensive chemical consumption do not support a cost-effective recovery of Li at industrial level. In this talk a revision of the current state of technologies for the recycling of critical materials from LIBs and advances on the recycling process obtained through electrochemically assisted recycling methods will be presented.
This is a public webinar.