The new system uses high power ultrasound to break apart each device to help separate different materials for reuse
Spotted: The UK’s Faraday Institution have discovered a new process for recycling lithium-ion batteries. Designed specifically to introduce circularity into the electric vehicle battery life cycle, the new system uses high power ultrasound to break apart each device. The different materials are separated for reuse, and in studies, it took only seconds to complete the entire procedure.
Electric vehicles sales are growing, and as governments around the world tighten emissions restrictions, are likely to increase even more. The Institution’s ReLib (Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries) project is working to create a long-term sustainable future for the transport industry by reducing waste as early in the EV development process as possible.
The researchers behind the research also noted the potential for reincorporating waste materials left by the initial manufacturing process. This further decreases each battery’s carbon footprint. With methods for improving the process already identified, further development is likely to focus on industrial-scale tests and moving the technology towards commercial availability.
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Written by: Keely Khoury