In this episode of Electric Car Watch, we will talk about how battery recycling is happening in 2022 and witnessing the genesis of the battery circular economy in action. We talk about how Redwood materials and Attero in India are pioneering Lithium-Ion battery recycling.
Redwood Materials announced plans to build a $2 billion factory that will produce cathodes and anode foils with a projected annual volume of 100 gigawatt-hours worth of materials by 2025. That’s enough batteries made from recycled materials to power 1,000,000 electric cars. The announcement marks Panasonic’s push to use more recycled materials, which in turn helps it reduce the amount of newly mined raw materials it must rely on. It also shows how Redwood continues to grow its business.
Redwood Materials was founded by former Tesla CTO JB Straubel in 2017 with the mission of creating a circular supply chain. And we are glad JB left Tesla to start this important company. Because we are sick and tired of listening to petrol heads who complain about batteries. Have you ever heard of a similar effort to take the exhaust smoke from pollution cars and then try to create petrol?
Have you seen any such company do that? No, you bet you haven’t!
Redwood Materials recycles scrap from battery cell production as well as batteries from cellphones, laptop computers, power tools, power banks, scooters, and electric bicycles. It extracts materials like cobalt, nickel, and lithium, which it supplies back to Panasonic and other customers to make new cells. The objective is to create a closed loop system that will ultimately help reduce the cost of batteries and offset the need for mining
We have great news! Attero Recycling, India’s largest electronic waste recycling firm, said on Saturday it plans toinvest Rs 300 crore in ramping up its lithium-ion battery recycling capacity to 11,000 metric tonnes per annum by October 2022.
Attero says that their process is an efficient mix of mechanical and hydrometallurgical technologies that ensures low CO2 emissions. They also recycle close to 98% of the batteries and are cell chemistry agnostic. They are able to process LFP, LCO, LTO, and various NMC chemistry cells in India.
So there you go. Whenever petrol heads and anti-EV idiots scream at the top of their lungs that making batteries for electric vehicles will create lots of pollution, conveniently ignoring the massive pollution caused for the past 100+ years by the fossil fuel industry. Hopefully, news of successful battery recycling operations like Redwood Materials and Attero Will stop their constant yapping.
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