The transition to renewables falls behind.

Ecobatt's transition to renewables

The transition to renewables through wind and solar builds is not progressing as rapidly as the government would like.    Big batteries are emerging as the primary source of power to help avoid blackouts, balance supply and demand, and smooth out volatile prices.  According to consultancy, Rystad Energy, 2024 is set to be the start of […]

Demand for Lithium-ion Batteries grows

Lithium-ion Batteries

As the demand for lithium-ion batteries grows managing their end-of-life recycling is an increasingly important issue for manufacturers, and suppliers. Particularly, sectors such as electric vehicles, stationary energy storage, and consumer electronics  who are all experiencing dramatic growth. Recyclers are turning their attention to extracting valuable metals with the prospects of re-using those materials in […]

Australian Vanadium and Technology Metals look to merge

Aust Vanadium and Tech metals look to merge

With the opportunity to better exploit their jointly owned high-purity vanadium, Australian Vanadium and Technology Metals are looking to merge. This is a by-product of the rapid take-up of batteries that use vanadium as an electrolyte.  Indeed, vanadium is the raw material for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB) .  Importantly, it is also on critical […]

The importance of recycling EV batteries is slowly being recognised

Battery collection Container

The importance of recycling EV batteries is slowly being recognised throughout the world.  Companies along the battery supply chain are investing billions of dollars in recycling capabilities.  Furthermore, they are confronting projected shortages of the raw materials that will power the next generation of electric vehicles. Importantly, a recent article in the Financial Review outlined […]

The BSC calls for a national plan.

Recycling electric car batteries: How to recycle EV, HEV, PHEV and eBike batteries

The Battery Stewardship Council has called for a national plan on used EV Batteries.  Libby Chaplin, CEO of the BSC, has outlined the need for a national stewardship plan. This will complement the take back schemes that some EV car brands have adopted. The national Electric Vehicle Strategy released in April, identified the importance of battery […]

Lithium demand set to quadruple.

Lithium mine

Lithium demand is expected to quadruple in the next decade.  Electric vehicle demand as well as Gigafactories, grid storage and e-scooters are all contributing to a fast-growing lithium battery market.  Traditional methods of producing lithium are regarded as inefficient and expensive mainly due to the low recoveries of lithium from brines which can bring associated […]

Expired electric-car batteries set to be a major problem.

Expired Electric car batteries

Expired electric-car batteries are set to be a major problem from 2030.  New research by the University of Technology Sydney has revealed 30,000 tonnes of used electric vehicle batteries will enter the waste stream in Australia by 2030; Just seven years from now. Their work commissioned by Battery Stewardship Council found that: There are an […]

New supply chains to handle battery recycling.

EV car battery

New supply chains to handle battery recycling are the subject of a recent report by the McKinsey group.  With the growth of electric vehicles and the resulting growth in battery production new ways to provide more stable resilient and efficient recycling over fossil fuel internal combustion engines need to be developed. The attached graph shows […]

More innovation to accelerate EV rollout.

Charging station in the UK

More innovation to accelerate the EV rollout will be required if Australians are to successfully make the transition to electric cars.  Undoubtedly, the fact that our cars are right hand drive compared with Europe, and the US, means supply is an issue. EV Australian Sales In the first quarter of 2023 sales of EV’s increased […]

Delivering what they say

Tesla's lithium-ion battery in South Australia paves way for battery-led energy future

Delivering what they say is not something that many organizations do.  In an era of social media, it’s easy to jump on the bandwagon.  Especially making statements about your commitment to decarbonisation and recycling, without backing it up with a sound operating philosophy. Indeed, Ecobatt, and the Recycal group of companies are specialist recyclers who […]

Prices of Critical Metals impede penetration of EV vehicles in China

car battery

Prices of Critical Metals will impede the penetration of EV vehicles in China.  An academic paper has highlighted the challenges with a sobering market analysis.  The world-wide demand for the critical metals of lithium, cobalt, nickel, and manganese will put pressure both on production and pricing.  Getting buy in from the world’s largest market of […]

Recycling Lithium-ion Batteries

Could grinding up Lithium batteries help recycle them

Recycling Lithium-ion batteries is becoming a more important initiative for many of the world’s largest companies.  The increasing usage of mobile phones, laptops and wireless technology means that efficiently recycling of lithium-ion is all important. New research shows that grinding up old batteries might lead to a low-energy way to recycle the lithium and other […]

Recycling old batteries to work as new

Recycled battery materials can work as well as new ones

Recycling old batteries to work as new might sound unrealistic but new independent tests show it can be done.  Redwood Materials, a US specialist recycling company believes that using cathodes can revolutionise the process.  How much power a battery holds, and how long it lasts, depends on its lattice of metallic atoms-how well it can […]

Can Battery Recycling for Electric cars keep pace

Can Battery Recycling for Electric cars keep pace

Battery recycling for electric cars is not an easy business model. Whilst more US companies are interested in recycling of electric car batteries, a recent article in the New York Times exposed the pitfalls.   Also, according to their research, it could be a decade or more before enough used lithium -ion batteries become available to […]

New research into recycling lithium-ion batteries

Charging up for sustainable change.

New research into recycling lithium-ion batteries is being conducted by James Cook University (JCU) PhD Candidate, Emenike Okonkwo.  “The method I’ve developed through my research is more eco-friendly and cost effective because it reduces the quantity of toxic chemicals in the overall process of recycling lithium-ion batteries”. Okonkwo said. Okonkwo moved from Nigeria to complete […]

Why Australia should implement a mandatory national battery recycling program

Why Australia should implement a mandatory national battery recycling program

Cadmium exposure has been linked to a large number of illnesses, including kidney and cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Yet, it is estimated that 90 tonnes of this metal, in the form of used batteries, goes into Australian landfills each year. That’s just one reason why Australia needs a mandatory battery recycling program. Another good reason […]

Battery recycling market expected to be worth USD $11.83bn by 2022

Battery Recycling Market Expected To Be Worth USD $11.83bn By 2022

A recent report from marketsandmarkets.com forecasts that the global battery recycling market will grow from US$8.1 billion in 2016 to US$11.83 billion by 2022, an annual growth rate of 6.5%. Driving this growth is the increase in the number of batteries in use, and an expected tightening of environmental regulations by local and national governments. […]