Li-Aku-REC

Lithium recovery from recycled batteries.
Kuva: Aalto-yliopisto, Valeria Azovskaya

Status:

Pre-business

Established:

2023

Looking for:

Funding

SDGs:

Affordable and clean energy, Responsible consumption and production

Industry:

Electrical engineering

Impact:

Energy, Materials

School:

School of Engineering

The team is developing a solution that would greatly improve the efficiency, is ecological, uses no chemicals, and can operate without high heat. Early results show that the innovated solution promises above 70% recovery of Lithium, compared to current solutions that are capable of salvaging roughly only 42% of Lithium from used batteries. 

Lithium-Ion batteries are used in rapidly growing quantities everywhere in our daily lives. Recovering materials from used batteries in a safe, environmentally friendly, and economically sustainable manner in a form of black mass is a must to meet the fast-growing market demand for the batteries. Mining more virgin minerals will not satisfy the growing demand alone, but also other material sources are needed. Common expectations are that majority of the battery minerals will be coming from the old, recycled batteries and battery scrap from battery manufacturers.

Channels for recycling old batteries already exist today, but the problem is that the process for capturing valuable metals is very inefficient, costly, and not environmentally sustainable. 

Aalto University has been innovating a solution that would greatly improve the efficiency, is ecological, uses no chemicals, and can operate without high heat. Early results show that the innovated solution promises above 70% recovery of Lithium, compared to current solutions that are capable of salvaging roughly only 42% of Lithium from used batteries. This novel solution, Li-Aku-REC process, is being patented and the next step is to build a PoC and prepare for commercialization. This project aims to prepare the solution to be launched for potential customers by offering a novel solution that is needed to support this fast growing global market.

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Timo Rossi

Spinoff Portfolio Manager

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