The ReCell Center for Advanced LIBs Recycling

K. Pupek, J. Spangenberger
Argonne National Laboratory,
United States

Keywords: Li-ion battery, direct recycling

Summary:

Lithium-ion batteries in electric and hybrid-electric vehicles are just now starting to reach their end-of-life. The recycling infrastructure that these batteries are expected to go through will likely result as a cost to the end user. The ReCell center, an advanced battery recycling program funded by the DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office and lead be Argonne National Laboratory, is working to develop and demonstrate recycle processes that reduce cost and increase revenue to improve the economics of responsible end-of-life lithium-ion battery management even as the use of cobalt is reduced in batteries. Four focus areas are targeted: direct recycling of cathode active materials, recovery of other materials, design for recycle, and modeling and analysis. This presentation will provide an overview of ReCell’s work to create a profitable battery recycling system as it enters its second year.