Make Kitco Your Homepage

The Major Challenges To Lithium-Ion Recycling

Kitco News

Ed Note: We are proud to unveil our new mining page, an entire space dedicated to up-to-the-minute news, with exclusive industry interviews and all the relevant information you need, rounded in up in one spot. Who is merging? Who is Buying? Who is Digging? We got you covered!

Cost and collection are the two major hurdles to developing a lithium-ion recycling business, said Robert Kang who was interviewed by Kitco earlier this month.

Kang is CEO of Blue Whale Materials, a business built around reclaiming cobalt, nickel, lithium and manganese in spent lithium-ion batteries.

The waste from lithium-ion batteries is expected to rise as more of the batteries are used in devices beyond electronics, such as electric vehicles and electrical grid storage.

Kang said processes have to be developed that reduce labor, material and energy costs to make lithium-ion battery recycling more economical. Sourcing batteries is also a challenge.

"We see a huge opportunity in the collection of lithium-ion batteries," said Kang. "Less than 5% of the lithium-ion batteries that are spent are being collected today."

Listen to our interview with the CEO of Blue Whale Materials.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and may not reflect those of Kitco Metals Inc. The author has made every effort to ensure accuracy of information provided; however, neither Kitco Metals Inc. nor the author can guarantee such accuracy. This article is strictly for informational purposes only. It is not a solicitation to make any exchange in commodities, securities or other financial instruments. Kitco Metals Inc. and the author of this article do not accept culpability for losses and/ or damages arising from the use of this publication.

Precious Metal Charts

Follow Kitco News