The Major Challenges To Lithium-Ion Recycling
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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.