Altilium Metals delivers samples of graphite from recycled end-of-life electric vehicle batteries to European battery anode manufacturer
The graphite was recovered from NMC111 scrap at our Technology Centre in Devon. We are the only company in the UK recovering critical minerals from “black mass” on a battery recycling demonstration line, allowing us to attain data on feedstocks, scalability and product quality at future commercial plants.
Lithium-ion EV batteries consist of many different valuable materials, but by weight the graphite anode is the most significant element of the battery cell.
Graphite is presently not of major interest for the battery recycling industry and the existing technology means that it is either burned or ends up in landfill.
Upcycling and reuse of graphite can eliminate some of the demand for graphite mining and intensive refining, that is controlled fully by China and that carries hefty carbon emissions.
The recycled graphite will be processed as an alternative to mined graphite concentrate for a R&D program at the battery anode and advanced materials company. Future use of recycled graphite will support a more sustainable battery industry.
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