Altilium Metals upcycles old electric vehicle (NMC 111) and portable electronics (LCO) batteries to latest generation Nickel-rich Cathode Active Material (NMC 622) for testing at Imperial College under its Automotive Transformation Fund SURV scale up program.Imperial to compare the electrochemical performance of the recycled cathode materials with commercially manufactured cathodes made from mined raw materials.
- NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt) batteries have been around for almost 20 years now and NMC 111 (⅓ Nickel, ⅓ Manganese, ⅓ Cobalt) became mainstream, being used in the BMW i3, Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf.
- Industry has been improving NMC technology by steadily increasing the nickel content in each cathode generation (e.g. NMC 622 and NMC 811). The cells have higher capacity and lower weight, which means the battery packs store more energy and have better driving range.
At our EV battery recycling scale-up line in Devon we are using advance material science techniques to reengineer and upcycle old chemistry EV battery scrap to produce new and relevant cathode active materials (CAM), giving full battery circularity to our customers.
Imperial to compare the electrochemical performance of the recycled cathode materials with commercially manufactured cathodes made from mined raw materials to show batteries from recycled material are comparable.