How We Can Improve Battery Recycling


In the dynamic landscape of battery technology, recycling lithium-ion batteries emerges as a critical endeavour for sustainability and environmental impact.

This recycling process lies in a black mass, that contains a spectrum of essential elements. Black mass holds significance in the battery industry, serving as a reservoir of raw materials crucial for the production of lithium-ion batteries – Li, Cu, Ni, Co etc…

As the demand for these batteries grows, understanding the composition of black mass becomes indispensable for sustainable resource management.
Our recent qualitative analysis of black mass revealed a wide distribution of metals, each playing a vital role in the battery industry.

Among the identified elements were Li, Cu, Ni, Co and Al, the cornerstone metals in lithium-ion battery cathodes and anodes. Additionally, our exploration revealed supplementary elements such as Mg, Mn, Ca, Na, O, H and K, contributing to the complex chemical composition of black mass.

These findings underscore the importance of black mass as a repository of essential elements for battery production.
This successful qualitative analysis has laid the foundation for further experiments. With a comprehensive understanding of the black mass composition, we are now able to initiate quantitative analysis, which will enable us to precisely quantify the concentration of each element within the black mass.

With this knowledge, we can enhance the efficiency of the battery recycling process, minimize resource wastage, and contribute to the sustainability of the battery industry.
By unravelling the mysteries of black mass and harnessing its elemental richness, we pave the way for sustainable resource management in the battery industry field.

With each discovery, we move closer to realizing the full potential of battery recycling that many organizations and governments are going to call for.


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Kolejní 9, Brno 612 00
Czech Republic

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