The technology demonstrates scalable feasibility in cathode-to-cathode recycling Li-ion battery electrodes. Rather than classical separation and purification of substituent metal components, the innovation applies toptactic, soft-chemical methods to recover spent-electrode material and prepare a functional Li-ion battery electrode.
Primary Application Area: Materials, Chemical
Technology Development Status: Proven Manufacturability
FIGURES OF MERIT
Value Proposition: The vertical integration of advanced recycling into the battery manufacturing industry will reduce costs of materials, a direct recycled cathode material has the potential to reduce manufacturing costs by 30%. On the end-of-useful-life, the increased scrap value of batteries will eliminate fees that can be as high as 40% of the OEM cost. The technology will become a foundation of a low materials cost battery industry. Advanced recycled electrodes show longer life than batteries made with virgin material, there is good evidence in side by side comparison, higher performance is likely related to the high purity of recycle produced materials. The reason for higher purity than OEM material is due to the process technology used in recycling. Advanced recycling preserves critical materials in manufacturing, these would otherwise be lost through disposal or through inefficient metal refining technologies that are misfits for modern day, highly engineered electrode materials.
Organization Type: Early-stage Startup (Seed)
Showcase Booth #: 401
GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES
Vetted Programs/Awards: ONAMI Gap Program.
SBIR/STTR Awards: 4 awards, NSF, (2007-2015); 2 awards DOE (2012-2015); 1 award EPA (2011); 1 award DLA (2015).
External Funding to Date: Corporate.