Tata Chemicals launches Li-ion battery recycling operations

Tata Chemicals launches Li-ion battery recycling operations

September 4, 2019
Press Release: Tata Chemicals

Pilot-scale operations at a facility near Mumbai have successfully recycled spent Li-ion batteries

According to a press notification on the Tata Chemicals website, the company has recently begun the commercial recovery of cathode active materials from spent lithium-ion cells/batteries.

“Li-ion battery recycling recovers valuable metals like lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese at +99% purity within industry-leading levels of yield,” the company statement read. “As a result, we will reduce environmental pollution, save energy and natural resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth.”

The recycling operations are being carried out at a 3P facility located near Mumbai. The operations, launched at pilot scale, have successfully recycled the spent Li-ion batteries and Tata Chemicals endeavors to scale it to recycle 500 tonnes of spent Li-ion batteries.

Significantly, Tata Chemicals has committed an investment of Rs 4,000 crore to set up a 10GW lithium-ion battery plant in the Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) of Gujarat.

Speaking about the investment with pv magazine, Jai Prakash Shivahare, managing director, Dholera Industrial City Development Limited (DICDL) told them: “The company [Tata Chemicals] will set up 1.7GW capacity in the first phase at an investment of Rs 750-1000 crore and then scale it to 10GW as demand rises.”

Tata Chemicals has already been allotted 126 acres land in DSIR to set up a Li-ion battery manufacturing business, pv magazine further reported.

In its commitment to develop a sustainable circular economy, the company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) to develop technology for the recovery and purification of cathode and anode active ingredients from spent lithium-ion cells/batteries.

Under the MoU, Tata Chemicals will leverage C-MET’s intellectual property, capabilities and infrastructure to test and validate multiple recycling chemistries.

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