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April 2022 – Battery circular economy trends, announcements and news from Australia and around the world

Highlights – EV battery recycling and reuse a major focus of governments and industry

  1. Australia: Building scalable reuse and recycling programs for retired EV lithium-ion batteries
  2. California: Proposals for EV end of life battery management to support recycling
  3. Regenerating spent cathodes – Princeton NuEnergy start-up brings new opportunities to battery recycling
  4. Australia: News on critical mineral industries and support for battery industry
  5. Listen to Shift: A Podcast About Mobility conversation on solving lithium-ion battery recycling challenges
  6. Europe progresses to next stage of developing battery circular economy requirements
  7. Become an ABRI member
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1. AUSTRALIA: BUILDING SCALABLE REUSE AND RECYCLING PROGRAMS FOR RETIRED EV LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES

ABRI member, IM-Group, was successful in receiving funding to create a scalable reuse and recycling program for retired lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles. The funding was awarded as part of the Recycling Victoria – Business Support Fund, which is funding business for projects that apply a circular economy approach.

Further information can be found at Funded project – A sustainable business model for retired electric vehicle batteries, which includes a research paper by IM-Group on the Sustainable Circular Economy EV and HEV Battery and a presentation on sustainable circular power solutions.

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2. CALIFORNIA: PROPOSALS FOR EV END OF LIFE BATTERY MANAGEMENT TO SUPPORT RECYCLING

In California, the Lithium-ion Car Battery Recycling Advisory Group was created in 2019 to advise the Legislature on policies to support the recovery and recycling of lithium-ion vehicle batteries. This recognised the growing need for end of life solutions for EV batteries as EV sales reached 7.7% of market share in 2020 (144,00 vehicles). This number is projected to jump to almost 200,000 vehicles in 2021.

The Advisory Group draft report and recommendations (released 11 March) proposes a stewardship framework for out of warranty batteries as follows:

  1. Repairer responsibility when replacing a battery before the EV end of life.
  2. Dismantler responsibility where they take ownership for an EV at end of life. This is based on California’s existing market operations and licensing framework, where dismantlers will commonly purchase end of life vehicles.
  3. OEM responsibility where the end of life EV is not acquired by a dismantler.

The report also contains other measures to improve information, support industry development, and safe and efficient reverse logistics particularly around transport.

The report provides a good overview of EV recycling in the US and useful insights into common problems faced in Australia.

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3. REGENERATING SPENT CATHODES - PRINCETON NUENERGY STARTUP BRINGS NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO BATTERY RECYCLING

Princeton University reports that researchers have developed a low cost, sustainable way to manufacture new batteries from used batteries.

The researchers have founded Princeton NuEnergy to commercialise their innovation, which will turn spent cathode materials into new cathodes via low-temperature plasma-assisted separation technology. Importantly, this is estimated to reduce water use by approximately 70%, and energy use and emissions by 80%.

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4. AUSTRALIA: NEWS ON CRITICAL MINERAL INDUSTRIES AND SUPPORT FOR BATTERY INDUSTRY

In Australia, there has been a strong focus on developing critical mineral capacity and the battery industry. Recent news stories of interest include:

  • $243 million in Commonwealth Government support for four projects under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative. These include: an integrated nickel manganese cobalt battery material refinery hub in the Kalgoorlie (Western Australia) region; and processing of high-grade vanadium in Western Australia for transformation into battery energy storage; and
  • a CSIRO report on the role of Australia’s critical minerals industry and the potential for a more circular approach to the materials supply chain, including recycling.
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5. LISTEN TO "SHIFT: A PODCAST ABOUT MOBILITY" CONVERSATION ON SOLVING LITHIUM-ION BATTERY RECYCLING CHALLENGES

Shift: A podcast about mobility has an interview with Jessica Durham, a lead investigator in the US Department of Energy’s ReCell Center for advanced battery recycling. Her areas of research include safe and cost effective direct recycling processes for lithium-ion batteries.

Shift  is a podcast from Automotive News.

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6. EUROPE PROGRESSES TO NEXT STAGE OF DEVELOPING BATTERY CIRCULAR ECONOMY REQUIREMENTS

In Europe, proposed new rules governing battery product stewardship have moved to the negotiation stage. Of interest to other battery manufacturing and recycling markets, the proposed changes are to lead to a circular economy battery life cycle:

  • Reducing pollution through measures such as carbon intensity requirements and a ban on hazardous substances like cadmium and mercury
  • Producing more sustainable batteries to meet market demand through measures such as ethical raw materials sourcing and increasing recovery of valuable materials
  • Promoting a circular economy by using waste batteries resources for new batteries

The below European Council Infographic – Towards a sustainable, circular, European battery value chain – summaries the proposed changes to EU battery regulations.

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7. BECOME AN ABRI MEMBER - THE BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

Workshops – Presentations and policy discussions from leading industry players and research institutions

Policy and advocacy – working with governments on a national waste tracking system

News – member bulletins on key regulatory and other events, general bulletins on industry news

Collaboration with Australian Battery Industry Association on industry issues e.g. lithium ion battery safety

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