With lithium ion batteries expected to play an ever increasing role in future transportation, the problem of dealing with the batteries at end of life is now starting to come to the fore. Multiple battery companies are planning on building manufacturing facilities in the U.S. in the next few years, and some of these will also be able to recycle the packs at the end of their useful automotive life. The batteries’ bulk means it won’t make sense to ship them overseas for recycling.
California-based Toxco is already in the business of recovering materials from lead acid and nickel metal hydride batteries at a plant in Lancaster, Ohio. Toxco also has the only lithium battery recycling facility in North America in Trail, British Columbia. Toxco was the recipient of a $9.5 million grant from the Department of Energy as part of the recent announcements of grants for battery manufacturing. The BC plant already has the capability to handle different lithium chemistries and Toxco will be expanding the Ohio facility to add to the capacity for lithium recycling. Find the press release after the jump.
Toxco gets $9.5 million DOE grant for battery recycling originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Tue, 18 Aug 2009 17:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.