LiNiCo's Green Li-ion battery recycling technology produces 99.9% pure battery cathode.
Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have been the preferred portable energy source in recent decades. The exponential growth in the use of LIBs for EVs, as a choice in energy storage and consumer devices has resulted in a great number of spent LIBs. Disposal of these spent LIBs will cause serious environmental problems due to hazardous components such as heavy metals and electrolytes.
The current battery recycling methods are not suitable for LIB recycling due to its slow process, low purity of the products (low profits) and the use of non-environmentally friendly leaching reagents.
Materials contained in the spent LIBs are valuable resources and can be recycled by using our specific technology.
Our Lithium-ion Battery Recycling Technology
Our Lithium-Ion Battery recycling technology is based on a co-precipitation process and control system which can process various types of spent LIBs. These include:
- Lithium cobalt oxide (LCO)
- Lithium manganese oxide (LMO)
- Lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC)
- Lithium nickel cobalt aluminium oxide (NCA).
The co-precipitation method allows the recovery of cathode metal salts in their original form, without separation of the metal elements. The obtained metal salts could then serve as the precursor for synthesis of new cathode material.
The technology we are using recovers the following products at more than 99% purity levels:
- (a) Graphite and
- (b) Cathode metal salts
e.g. LiCo1/3Ni1/3Mn1/3O2, NiCO3, MnCO3, CoC2O4, and Li2CO3.
Producing pure battery grade cathode-ready
material to specification.
Features & Specifications
The co-precipitation method avoids separation of the cathode metal elements, saving cost and reduces processing steps. In contrary, traditional separation of Co and Ni metals by solvent extraction from NMC batteries involve complicated steps and is a slow method. Moreover, the separated cobalt (Co) and nickel (Ni) salts are mixed again for the synthesis of new cathode material.
Various types of LIB can be processed and valuable cathode precursors can be synthesised.
Greener – Zero toxic discharge, zero landfill, lower reliance on mining.
Purer – The end product is 99.9% pure and is therefore of better value to a battery producing company.
Faster – This method is faster than traditional battery recycling technology because it processes ALL of the batteries.
Output – Immediately re-useable Battery Cathodes
Outlook & Opportunities
Over the next 10 years to 2030, the global lithium-ion battery recycling market size is expected to grow a staggering 1,107% to USD $18.7 Billion industry.
The North American market is forecast to account for 35% of the global lithium-ion battery recycling market by 2025, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9.3%.
The United States Lithium-Ion Battery Cathode Material Market is forecast to grow to USD 1.5 Billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 5.88%.