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USABC awards Li-ion battery recycling project to Worcester Polytechnic Institute

USABC’s funding will help WPI demonstrate its process to recycle Li-ion batteries

The US Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC), a collaborative organisation of FCA US, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, has announced the award of US$1.08 million to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts for Phase II of a lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling contract.

The contract award, which includes a 50% cost share, funds a 24-month project. Building on Phase I, this contract will enable WPI to demonstrate the ability of its process to recycle spent Li-ion batteries and produce new cathode materials to generate a higher nickel cathode powder.

This material is of increasing relevance in the current market which is shifting towards higher nickel content cathode materials due to their energy density benefits.

USABC is a subsidiary of the US Council for Automotive Research (USCAR). Enabled by a co-operative agreement with the US Department of Energy (DOE), USABC’s mission is to develop electrochemical energy storage technologies that support commercialisation of hybrid, plug-in hybrid, electric and fuel cell vehicles.

In support of its mission, USABC has developed mid- and long-term goals to guide its projects and measure its progress.

“This contract award with Worcester Polytechnic Institute is part of USABC’s broad battery technology research and development programme,” said executive director of USCAR Steve Zimmer. “Programmes like this are critical to advancing the technology needed to meet both near- and long-term goals that will enable broader scale vehicle electrification.”

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