Recycling & Re-Use

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    Recycling of Lithium Ion Batteries From Electric Vehicles

    The recycling of lithium-ion batteries – from EVs and others – will be discussed in this webinar.

    Recently, the pilot plant of project LithoRec II could prove that a newly developed combination of process steps enables the recovery of a mass fraction of 75 % and more on a material recycling basis from lithium-ion batteries. This is supposed to be much better than state of the art. Combining different process steps like discharging, dismantling, shredding, sifting and air-jet separation the project partners were able to achieve their goal: proving that lithium-ion batteries can be recycled better. One interesting process dealing with the electrolyte came in a black box (which was actually white) and this was because of another ongoing patenting process of Lion Engineering. A modified and simplified process works to directly recycle scraps from the production of lithium-ion batteries – in order to protect both: the environment and the stakeholder’s money.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Recycling of Lithium Ion Batteries
    • Recycling Yields and how to regain 75% and more – on a material recycling basis
    • Direct Recycling of LIB-Production Scraps

    Presenter
    Christian Hanisch – CEO at Lion Engineering

    Christian studied Process Engineering at TU Braunschweig (Germany) and has worked in the research project LithoRec and designed LithoRec II at the Institute for Particle Technology / TU Braunschweig on the topic of Recycling of Lithium Ion Batteries. He developed and patented new recycling processes and led the project to the realization of a pilot plant. Recognizing the highest interest of industrial partners in this topic he co-founded the spin-off Lion Engineering GmbH with fellow PhD students and Professor Arno Kwade in 2011. Beginning in 2016, Christian started to focus full-time on being CEO of Lion Engineering.

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    Electric Vehicle and Hybrid Sales and Market Prospects Through 2020 – It’s Not What “They” Say

    Some industry observers have proclaimed that the electric vehicle market in the U.S. is failing. While overall sales have declined somewhat in recent months, this view is simplistic and short-sighted. A number of key products are at the end of their life cycle, with new versions on the way, and a variety of all-new products are coming. Strength in trucks and crossovers currently works against sales of these vehicles, but that will also change going forward.

    The increase in product offerings is led by a number of factors including consumer interest, regulatory requirements and government incentives in the U.S. and elsewhere, technology and cost improvements, and an interest by various automakers in making a corporate statement.

    The role of dealers has been a problem that has received little attention. There are methods to address this issue, but they are often not utilized.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Current Issues Affecting Sales
    • Product Actions and Sales Forecast by Vehicle Type – Micro Hybrids, Mild Hybrids, Regular Hybrids, Plug In Hybrids, Battery Electrics, and Fuel Cells
    • Key Trends by Vehicle Type – Now & Going Forward
    • Importance of Regulatory Policy Including California Zero Emission Vehicle Rules and EPA/NHTSA Midterm Review
    • Various Automakers Have Very Different Strategies to Electrification

    Presenter

    Alan Baum – Principal, Baum & Associates

    Alan Baum formed Baum & Associates in August 2009. He has a long record of analyzing the impact of alternative fuel vehicles as well as advanced technologies in internal combustion engines that provide improved fuel economy. Alan has been a contributor to a number of studies in this area including “Driving Growth: How Clean Cars and Climate Policy Can Create Jobs” and other projects analyzing the impact of fuel saving technologies on the auto industry. Since the 1980s, Alan has produced a detailed automotive production forecast and provided analysis of the automotive and medium- & heavy-duty truck markets.

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    Characterizing Performance and Determining Reliability of Batteries for Medical Applications

    As the number and variety of battery powered devices used in medical applications grows, batteries are playing an ever more important role in determining the reliability of these devices. Unlike the portable consumer electronics industry where high unit volumes can justify the design and manufacturing of custom batteries, the medical device industry must often utilize standard, off-the-shelf batteries for their devices. Even when the production of custom batteries is justified, few battery manufacturers appreciate the level of quality and reliability that is required by the medical device industry.

    In this webinar we will look at how to quantify the performance characteristics of batteries in a way that allows direct comparisons to be made between various vendors, form factors and chemistries. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate common mistakes made in battery selection and use, and methods for conducting accelerated aging studies will be discussed. When properly conducted, such aging studies can be used to identify potential reliability issues, monitor the manufacturing quality of the batteries and serve as a tool to aid in the selection and qualification of various battery vendors.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • What do you need to know that is not on the specification sheets?
    • How do you make apples-to-apples performance comparisons between different battery types?
    • When is impedance and/or capacity matching important in multi-cell configurations?
    • How can quality be compared between vendors?
    • How can battery longevity be predicted in specific applications?

    Presenter

    Dr. Quinn C. Horn – Principal Engineer at Exponent, Inc.

    Dr. Quinn Horn has been with Exponent for ten years. He is also a Research Affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he collaborates with researchers in the Electrochemical Energy Laboratory on projects related to electric vehicles and new gas diffusion electrodes for metal-air batteries and fuel cells.

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    Key Trends, Recent Developments and ‘What’s Next’ for Energy Storage?

    Billions of dollars have recently been invested into advanced energy storage systems initiatives globally. These include further development of R&D and manufacturing advancements in xEV batteries, stationary power systems, “beyond lithium” technologies, and more. NextEnergy will share some knowledge gained through its suite of venture support services, including access to funding opportunities, & in-depth value chain and market analyses, based on primary & secondary research.

    This webinar will highlight some key market and R&D trends, key innovators in the energy storage space, and take a high-level look at other initiatives influencing “what’s next” in the field of advanced energy storage, with an emphasis on Li Ion batteries for automotive applications.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • NextEnergy’s capabilities, and a sneak preview of NextEnergy’s Li Ion battery value chain. This work is primarily focused on automotive applications
    • Key general trends in the energy storage sector, in terms of manufacturing, R&D, and market trends
    • A brief review of select early stage companies offering innovative solutions to the energy storage community
    • Select novel R&D initiatives in the Li Ion and “beyond lithium ion” spaces will be presented, at a high-level, and “what’s next” in energy storage systems will be addressed

    Presenter

    Kelly Jezierski – Energy Storage Manager, NextEnergy

    Kelly Jezierski has been with NextEnergy for over 7 years. NextEnergy is one of the nation’s leading accelerators of advanced energy technologies, businesses and industries. Kelly is leading a joint initiative funded by the US Department of Commerce and Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to foster growth in the advanced energy storage cluster and fill gaps in the domestic supply chain. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Alternative Energy Technologies degrees, both from Wayne State University.

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    Update on Zinc Hybrid Cathode Battery Technology: Lessons Learned from Demo Projects with Major Utilities in US & Europe

    With no economical means to store energy, the utility distribution network has typically been overbuilt and continually expanded to serve peak demand, though only a fraction of that infrastructure is used on an average day.

    Working closely with utility partners like AEP and Con Edison, Eos Energy Storage has evaluated the economics of battery storage on the distribution system, with compelling results. Using first-hand knowledge of system costs and specifications, it was found that a utility-owned battery system can break even with a conventional T&D upgrade of ~$5M, or less when monetizing available market revenues.

    In this webinar, Eos will share an update on commercialization of its zinc hybrid cathode battery technology and share lessons learned from deployments with major utilities in the US and Europe, from initial business case analysis to commissioning a turnkey product.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Discuss how energy storage can be leveraged as a utility distribution asset and market resource
    • Share Eos’s experience in deploying energy storage systems at utility sites in the US and Europe
    • Update on performance and path to commercialization for novel zinc hybrid cathode battery technology

    Presenter

    Philippe Bouchard – Vice President, Business Development at Eos Energy Storage

    Philippe joined Eos after 5 years of in-depth experience leading emerging technology and regulatory initiatives within the utility energy industry. While working previously within Southern California Edison’s Advanced Technology Organization, Philippe co-authored SCE’s Smart Grid Deployment Plan and managed a $3 million portfolio of diversified R&D and technology evaluation projects. Philippe brings an interdisciplinary background in chemistry and environmental sciences, and graduated with a B.A. from Pomona College.

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    Advancing Mining Processes to Make Better Materials for Use in Lithium Ion Batteries

    American Manganese Inc has developed a low-cost, environmentally friendly hydrometallurgical process to recover manganese (Mn) from lower grade resources. American Manganese has applied for a patent for their hydrometallurgical process that produces electrolytic manganese metal with low energy and water consumption. American Manganese commissioned R&D contractor, Kemetco Research Inc to determine uses of Artillery Peak manganese resource material to generate high value alternative products. Chemical manganese dioxide (CMD) and lithiated manganese oxide (LixMn2O4) for use in rechargeable batteries were the areas researched.

    The research was successful in producing CMD from Artillery Peak resource material with low cation impurities and avoiding processing steps that are known to introduce metallic impurities in the final product. Cation impurities cause capacity fade, whereas metallic impurities are known to cause catastrophic failures (such as fire and explosions) in lithium ion batteries. Working rechargeable lithium ion coin cell battery prototypes were produced from the CMD material.

    This webinar will focus on the following key topics:

    • Catastrophic failure of Li Ion batteries caused by metallic impurities that may be introduced from the mining of raw materials
    • Conventional mining process to recover MnO2 used to make LiMn2O4
    • Research on a new mining process that avoids steps known to introduce metallic impurities to recover MnO2 used to make LiMn2O4

    Presenter
    Norman Chow – President – Kemetco Research, Inc.

    Norman earned a B.A.Sc. and M.A.Sc. in Metals and Materials Engineering from University of British Columbia. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) in British Columbia. He has over 15 years of technology development and contract research experience. He is the President of Kemetco Research Inc., which he formed after acquiring the Industrial Process Division of BC Research Inc. BC Research had been in operation for over 60 years as an R&D contractor.

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