WPI Awarded NSF Grant to Develop a Closed Loop Industrial Recycling Method for the End-of-life Li-ion Batteries
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will collaborate with wTe Corporation to develop a novel lithium ion (Li-ion) battery recycling process that aims to create a closed loop industrial recycling method for the end-of-life Li-ion batteries. The process will combine the WPI hydrometallurgical process and wTe sensor-based technology, which enables the transformation of on-going laboratory research to an industrial Li-ion battery recycling process. Yan Wang, WPI research professor and a member of the Center for Resource Recovery & Recycling (CR3) faculty, will be directing the research.
According to Prof. Wang, “Li-ion batteries have received more attention than any other battery technology since Sony made the first commercial cell in 1991. Two decades later, they remain widely used and account for about 60% of worldwide sales of portable batteries. However, Li-ion batteries are not widely recycled because existing technologies can not recycle them efficiently and economically.”