Environment and geostrategic perspectives mean that the recycling of cathode materials from lithium-ion batteries is a key concern for the industry, as well as the economic imperative of reducing costs. As the battery industry continues to grow the ability to return secondary materials to the supply chain will become increasingly important.
The cathode is the most valuable part of the lithium-ion battery cell and contains metals such as nickel and cobalt, as well as manganese and lithium.
At the moment, there are different ways to recycle the lithium-ion battery cells:
- Direct recycling
MOGA will use a hydrometallurgical process which will result in a better quality of recovered materials and less waste generation. This process also has advantages in that it has lower capital costs and will recover cobalt and nickel as well as copper, manganese and aluminium, and provides the potential of recovering lithium.