News: National & International

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National & International Articles:

October 22, 2020. The importance of recycling electric vehicle batteries. By Beatrice Browning. Air Quality News.
Excerpt:
“… Tesla announced that they intended to produce EV batteries with cobalt-free cathodes… However, cheaper cell chemistries become problematic as the energy expended in extracting the metals from the spent batteries is greater than that recovered during recycling – meaning that their initial value does not always cover these processing costs. Recycling will only become cost-efficient when the value of the material is greater than the cost of recovery.”


October 16, 2020. Lithium Batteries: Mitigating Risks and Executing Recalls When Needed. By Crowell & Moring LLP: (Cohen M, Falvey CA, Giblin JA). Lexology.
Excerpt: “There is no mandated regulation for lithium ion battery storage; just guidance and recommended best practices from various agencies.”


October 11, 2020. EcoGraf : EGR – Strategic Agreement with South Korean Battery Recycler. Press Release.

October 6, 2020. Air pollution particles in young brains linked to Alzheimer’s damage. By Damian Carrington. The Guardian (UK).

October 5, 2020. U.S. Takes Stake in Battery-Metals Firm to Wean Itself Off China. By Eddie Spence. Bloomberg.

Excerpt: “TechMet Ltd. received a $25 million investment from the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation to help develop a Brazilian nickel and cobalt mine, the Dublin-based company said Monday in a statement. Cobalt is an important ingredient in cathodes of most electric-vehicle batteries and its refining capacity is largely under China’s control.”


October 2, 2020. This eco-friendly battery is powered by the smell of vanilla. EuroNews.

September 29, 2020. Li-Cycle Named to the World Circular Economy Forum’s List of Circular Economy Solutions Inspiring the World. Press Release by Li-Cycle Corp.

September 17, 2020. PFAS in food: European Food Safety Authority assesses risks and sets tolerable intake. EFSA (European Foods Safety Authority).

September 15, 2020. DNR issues warning about PFAS concentrations in deer near Marinette. By Emily Friese. WKOW.com (Madison WI).

September 9, 2020. China Dominates the Global Lithium Battery Market. Institute for Energy Research (IER).


September 7, 2020. Electric Storage Explosion Highlights Danger of a Growing Technology. By Jim Sams, Insurance Journal.

Excerpt: …McMicken storage facility in Surprise, Ariz. started smoking… firefighters opened a door to the steel structure that housed lithium-ion batteries to investigate the source of the smoke… A few minutes later, a jet of flame shot out an estimated 75 feet from the door. Four firefighters were hospitalized, two of them with traumatic brain injuries.

September 4, 2020. Eat an orange and save an old lithium-ion battery. Eco Business.

August 27, 2020. Orange peel helps to recycle lithium-ion batteries. The Engineer.

August 4 ,2020. Neometals & SMS Group Set Up JV for Recycling Lithium-Ion Batteries. Steel Guru. The following graphic was included with the article:

neometals-sms-group-lithium-ion-batteries-recycling_49516.png Image Source: Neometals SMS Group Lithium-Ion Batteries, Recycling

August 3, 2020. Neometals enters lithium-ion battery recycling joint venture. By Danica Cullinane. SmallCaps.

August 3, 2020. Argonne National Laboratory Claims Breakthroughs In Li-ion Battery Recycling. By Richard Chirgwin. Solarquotes Blog.

August 3, 2020. Firefighters injured in APS explosion acted ‘in accordance with best practices’. Energy Storage.

July 27, 2020. APS Details Cause of Battery Fire and Explosion, Proposes Safety Fixes. By Julian Spector. GTM (GreenTech Media).

June 30, 2020. Why Resource Recovery is Critical to the Future of Clean Transportation. By Kunal Phalpher, Chief Commercial Officer (Li-Cycle Corp). Altener Energy Magazine.

June 20, 2020. UN highlights urgent need to tackle impact of likely electric car battery production boom. UN News.

June 8, 2020.  Fire Triggers Call for Stronger Battery Rules By Tom Krisher. Also in Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton NY. Page 4B.

April 19, 2020. SungEel HiTech leads the way in eco-friendly recycling of lithium-ion batteries. South China Morning Post.

Feb 28, 2020. Recycling plants are catching on fire, and lithium-ion batteries are to blame. By Jillian Mock. The Verge.

January 10, 2020. Korea’s GS E&C to invest $86 mn on Li-ion battery recycling plant in Pohang. By Kim Sung-hoon, Choi Hee-seok, and Cho Jeehyun. PulseNews.com
Excerpt:  The siting is “in a regulation-free zone on the country’s southeastern coast of Pohang… Regulation-free zone is a type of special economic zone where regulations are exempted for development of industries identified as future growth engines. There are 14 cities and provinces designated as regulation-free zone in Korea including Pohang…”

Dec 5, 2019. November 2019 Fire Report: A Live Lithium-ion Battery Explosion. By Ryan Fogelman.

Aug 1, 2019. Recycling Lithium-ion Batteries: How to Dispose Your Lithium-ion Batteries. By James Kao, Founder/CEO Green Citizen.

June 14, 2019. South Korea Identifies Top 4 Causes for ESS Fires. By

April 23, 2019. Explosions Threatening Lithium-Ion’s Edge in a Battery Race. By Brian Eckhouse and Mark Chediak. Bloomberg.com

March 21, 2019. Amnesty challenges industry leaders to clean up their batteries. Amnesty.org

February 18, 2019. Argonne lab leading U.S. push on lithium batteries: ‘If we don’t recycle, we will run out of materials’. By Tammy Webber, Associated Press. Chicago Tribune.

Excerpt: “The U.S. government will lead an ambitious effort to develop technologies to recycle lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, cellphones and other sources to ensure a reliable and affordable supply of metals crucial to battery production in anticipation of soaring global demand and potential shortages, Department of Energy officials said Friday.
“Calling the effort a national security issue, the agency announced a $15 million, three-year research and development project housed at the Argonne National Laboratory near Lemont.”

January 17, 2019. Energy Department Announces Battery Recycling Prize and Battery Recycling R&D Center. Department of Energy website.

Statement by Rick Perry, former Secretary, Department of Energy.
“America’s dependence on foreign sources of critical materials undermines our energy security and national security…DOE will leverage the power of competition and the resources of the private sector, universities, and the National Laboratories to develop innovative recycling technologies, which will bolster economic growth, strengthen our energy security, and improve the environment.”

April 12, 2018. ‘Urban mining’ in South Korea pulls rare battery materials from recycled tech. Jane Chung, Ju-min Park. Reuters.

March 2013. Potential Hazards at Both Ends of the Lithium-Ion Life Cycle. Battery recycling is a delicate business. By Mark Anderson. IEEE Spectrum.


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