Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle Collaborate on Battery Recycling in U.S.

Ultium Cells LLC, the joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution that produces the Ultium battery cells for GM’s electric vehicles, will work with lithium-ion battery recycler Li-Cycle to recycle up to 100 per cent of the material scrap from battery cell manufacturing.

Ultium Cells says the recycling process will allow it to recycle battery materials including cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminium. 95 per cent of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries.

The company also claims that the hydrometallurgical process through which these battery materials will be recycled emits 30 per cent less greenhouse gas than traditional processes.

“Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain,” said Ajay Kochhar, Li-Cycle’s president and CEO and co-founder. “This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining.”

“GM’s zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90 percent of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025,” added Ken Morris, GM vice president of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles. “Now, we’re going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials.”

Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle say they will begin the new scrap recycling process later this year.

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (June 2021) 

1 July 2021

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