ACE Green to work with NREL on lithium recycling R&D

ACE Green to work with NREL on lithium recycling R&D

ACE Green to work with NREL on lithium recycling R&D 1000 605 Batteries International

October 18, 2023: ACE Green Recycling said today it has signed a lithium ion battery recycling R&D agreement with the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

 The lead and lithium recycling technology developer said the partnership will support its evaluation towards commercialization of its process for recycling LFP batteries and to “upcycle graphite to battery grade”.

As part of the agreement, the lab will deploy its expertise in cell production, modelling and analysis at its facility in Colorado.

ACE said the project aims to identify the most effective methods of using its technology to recycle LFP, graphite and other cathode active materials to maximize the performance and lifetime requirements of batteries, as compared to batteries manufactured using virgin materials.

Andrew Colclasure, who leads materials development and modelling research for the lab’s electrochemical energy storage group, said: “To encourage a more holistic approach to recycling, we must demonstrate efficient processes that also recycle low-value materials such as graphite and iron-phosphate into commercially viable products.”

ACE claims the potential upcycling of graphite obtained using its technology could help ease US dependence on foreign supply chains and current total imports of more than 60,000 tonnes of graphite electrodes annually.

ACE has announced several partnerships over the past 18 months, including unveiling plans in May 2022 to operate what it claimed will be an “emission-free” lead and lithium batteries recycling facility in Texas.

Last June, the firm signed an equipment supply and licensing agreement with Hakurnas Lead Works to set up battery recycling facilities in Israel and Romania.

ACE said it would deploy its proprietary lead battery recycling technology, which it claims operates without fossil fuel-based heating, at the Israeli secondary lead producer.

Photo: ACE Green Recycling CEO Nishchay Chadha