Altilium introduces the latest breakthroughs in its “EcoCathode” EV Battery Recycling technology, showing UK technical leadership and reshaping the UK battery supply chain.

Pioneering Technology
With substantial backing from UK Government Innovation Grants, our proprietary hydrometallurgical process has recently undergone process enhancements.

The “EcoCathode” solution is tailored to accommodate every battery chemistry, the process seamlessly assimilates used batteries from EVs, from cell phones and laptops, Gigafactory scrap, even primary nickel.

Through our innovative green technology, we meticulously reengineer cathode metals, yielding a comprehensive suite of low-carbon precursors of lithium, nickel, cobalt and manganese. Altilium builds on conventional recycling; we convert old EV batteries into sustainable, latest chemistry cathode variants of high-nickel Cathode Active Material (CAM), from NMC 811 and beyond, seamlessly integrating them into new batteries and closing the loop in EV battery production.

Full Battery Circularity
Recovering over 95% of crucial metals from old EV batteries will contribute to a UK domestic and sustainable supply of battery raw materials, reducing carbon emissions by over 50% and reducing the cost of CAM by more than 20% compared to conventional virgin mining practices. Compared to competitors, our process boasts a 60% reduction in sodium sulphate, mitigating a significant waste stream issue prevalent in this new industry.

Our commitment to sustainability extends to achieving over 99% graphite recovery and purification. This reclaimed graphite, sourced through our optimised process, undergoes a redesign for future use in an anode refining process. Not only does this approach amplify payables through additional streams, but it also fully closing the loop in battery production.

Unparalleled Quality Assurance
Our commitment to pioneering R&D in green recycling processes is through the establishment of our EV Battery Recycling Centre, with newly built analytical lab and pilot solvent extraction line for CAM qualification programs.

Our technological edge lies in the meticulous recovery of all battery grade precursors through multiple steps, creating the highest quality feed for CAM synthesis. The focus on microstructure materials redesign ensures sustainable battery materials without compromising performance or value, embedding sustainability into new battery materials. Collaborations with esteemed institutions like Imperial College, London and a CAM qualification program with a leading Automotive OEM further validates our pursuit of superior quality. Recent new batteries built from “EcoCathode” under a program with Imperial College, London shows satisfactory performance.

Green Premium for “EcoCathode” CAM
Our focus on delivering a green premium encompasses the highest quality precursors for CAM synthesis, minimal carbon footprint, compliance with regulations and an independent UK supply chain. Anticipating the regulation of minimum recycled materials in new batteries (especially for UK cars exported to the EU), we anticipate a potential premium of up to 10% over competitor virgin materials.

Our Moonshot Vision: Lowest Carbon, Most Eco-Friendly CAM in the Market
Driven by a vision of achieving the lowest carbon footprint in battery raw materials, we actively reduce carbon across the recycling supply chain. Leveraging bioleaching techniques using natural bacteria reduces acid use and processing temperatures in leaching stages, as well as transporting batteries to recycling stations with zero-carbon minimises will decarbonise EV supply chain making EV transport even cleaner.

Future Innovations and Sustainability Pledges
Looking ahead, our technology promises tailored modern chemistry, low carbon solutions to our customers for diverse battery applications in energy storage.

Through microstructure reengineering, the “EcoCathode” green process, direct to CAM, represents a significant stride in clean technology and sustainable EV battery recycling in the UK.  Our steadfast commitment is to lead the charge in building a UK domestic recycling champion. This endeavour aims to supply large volumes of sustainable cathode and anode materials, reducing reliance on foreign supply chains and fostering a more sustainable transport future.

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