Original article published in Scrap Monster
January 12, 2021 – Paul Ploumis
SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Ontario-based lithium-ion battery recycling company Li-Cycle Corp. announced completion of a battery recycling pilot project, held in partnership with NFI Group subsidiaries New Flyer Industries Canada ULC and New Flyer of America Inc. The partnership recycled more than 3,200 pounds of lithium-ion batteries.
During the pilot, Li-Cycle received batteries from New Flyer, which in turn were processed at the company’s Spoke facility. The recycling process transformed the batteries into a mixture of lithium, nickel, cobalt and copper, along with other recycled materials. The black mass thus produced will be used to produce battery-grade materials.
It must be noted that the traditional pyro-metallurgical processes used to recycle heavy-duty lithium-ion batteries have an average recovery rate of only 40%. Also, they result in environmental damage and wastage of resources. The pilot project by the partnership offers a sustainable solution for li-ion batteries.
Kunal Phalpher, Chief Commercial Officer, Li-Cycle said that the company is thrilled to team up with New Flyer to help spearhead the closed-loop resource recovery of electric bus batteries. The recycling of thousands of pounds of batteries would reduce hazardous waste and also help in recovering critical materials.
The pilot with Li-Cycle will lessen environmental impact on our communities, said Chris Stoddart, President, New Flyer.