Friday Five

7th Oct 2022

Equinor's decision to build a 25-MW battery storage project in the UK is a positive step in the development of this technology.


The project will use CATL lithium-ion battery racks and will connect to the SSE distribution network. It is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2023.

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The Heglemann Group has announced that they have signed a Letter of Intent for the purchase of 50 Mercedes-Benz battery-electric long-haul trucks.


These vehicles are set to be delivered in 2024 and will be used for transportation across Europe. This is a major step towards sustainable transportation and will help reduce emissions from freight transport.


The new spodumene concentration process that Rio Tinto has developed offers many benefits, including environmental benefits. The plant is commissioning now and will be producing lithium oxide (Li20) grades and recoveries well above the industry average.



This process was developed by researchers at Rio Tinto’s Critical Minerals and Technology Centre and tested on spodumene ore samples from various countries. It offers the environmental benefit of not using chemical products and generating only dry, inert residues.

The development of an automated system that can test and sort used battery cells for second-life use is a significant advancement in reducing battery waste.


By detecting the health of individual cells and sorting them according to their state of health, this system has the potential to significantly reduce the amount of raw materials wasted in building batteries.


We are excited to see how this technology develops and hope it can be implemented on a broader scale.


RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. has announced that it has closed the loop on the lithium-ion battery supply chain with its patented recycling and upcycling process. This important milestone means that new battery cells can be successfully assembled using RecycLiCo's battery-ready material, which was validated by C4V.


C4V is an intellectual property company that creates next-generation storage materials with expertise in electrode design and process development to fast-track Gigafactory deployment across the globe. As reported by C4V, the electrochemical and technical data achieved the benchmark specifications and performance. Test results also indicated that the specific capacity and stability of the battery cell are acceptable and that C4V approves the material as qualified.


With this news, RecycLiCo is one step closer to using future recycled material for the Gigafactory qualification process. It's great to see recycling and upcycling technologies making progress! This could mean huge reductions in battery waste and pollution.