Australian battery recycling technology company Battery pollution today announced a strategic alliance to work with associated renewable project developer Renewable Energy Halo (“Halo”) to study the efficient recycling of utility-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS), which are the cornerstone of the modern renewable energy project.
Australia is on a path of strong growth in the implementation of BESS “Big Battery” grid support projects, with new investments in projects recently announced by the governments of New South Wales and New South Wales. queensland. These include the 700 MW NSW “Waratah Super Battery” which will be built on the site of the Eraring Power Station.
But batteries are a consumable product, and given their foundations in chemical and electrical engineering, they are subject to abnormal events, including failures. The frequency of these issues is tracked in the Energy Power Research Institute’s dedicated “BESS Failure Event Database”, accessible here.
As part of the arrangement, Battery Pollution will conduct scientific and operational investigation in a variety of areas that complement Halo’s requirement as a developer of renewable projects to ensure the safe and efficient construction, management and maintenance of the systems. BESS on its renewable energy projects. Areas of investigation include:
- the efficient and safe transport of damaged and used utility-scale batteries from remote renewable energy project sites to recycling centers – including the implementation of live monitoring (similar to Battery Passport technology);
- optimization of de-energization and disassembly – including through a combined approach of coordinated human and robotic activity;
- the potential for waste energy recovery from the demobilized BESS to fixed capacitor banks or batteries to provide a daily operational energy contribution to Battery pollution operational recycling sites;
- optimal approaches for shredding cell packs; and
- recovery, separation, processing and refinement of “dark mass” to produce battery-grade materials of such purity that they can be immediately resold to battery manufacturers to provide closed-loop battery saving.
“Battery Pollution’s research, investment and operating activities continue to focus on both optimizing existing technology and creating new technologies for the lithium battery ecosystem,” said Nicholas Assef, founder and CEO of Battery Pollution.
“The future will not just be about being able to manage the vast volume of battery waste that will be produced by industries such as renewable energy and electric vehicles, but about recycling in the most effective and efficient way possible to minimize the impact on CO2, and to maximize the availability of 2n/a vital battery metals for manufacturing OEMs,” continued Nicholas Assef.
Australia is a logical “test bed” for the development of exportable technologies and operational approaches to large-scale lithium battery recycling, given the adoption of large-scale BESS projects and the ambition federal and state governments to transition to an “electric” economy.
Battery pollution continues to work with a number of leading Australian universities in developing commercial solutions for the challenges that will arise from large-scale battery waste produced by electric vehicles and renewable energy projects, for example. As the company’s slogan emphasizes, its mission is to be: “Facing the dark side of the battery revolution™.