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Friday Five

19th Aug 2022

According to industry insiders, BYD has started supplying LFP cells to Tesla, specifically to the plant in Grünheide, Germany. The first batch of Tesla Model Ys equipped with BYD’s ‘Blade’ batteries are expected to roll off the assembly line at Giga Berlin in a month at the earliest.

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Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have developed a sustainable lithium recovery process which can selectively leach and recover lithium with formic acid before recycling valuable metals.

 

With their method, lithium can be 99.8% recovered from layered oxide cathode materials with 99.994% purity.

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Anglo-Korean battery manufacturer Eurocell has chosen the Netherlands as the location for its first European production site, having previously also considered sites in the UK and Spain. 

The firm says it is now “in advanced discussions” with authorities in the Netherlands, and is progressing towards a goal of reaching full production capacity by 2025, but has yet to define the exact location. It says it will supply both the energy storage and electric mobility sectors across Europe.

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The European Commission is looking to increase the production of raw materials needed for green energy in order to reduce its reliance on imported resources from unstable geopolitical areas. The commission is concerned about the potential for future shortages of materials like lithium, cobalt, and graphite, which will be necessary to support the increasing demand for renewables.

 

This would require an "open debate" about more mining, processing, refining and recycling in Europe, according to commissioner Thierry Breton.

The Inflation Reduction Act heralds the largest shift in U.S. climate policy to date, pushing clean manufacturing and incentivizing consumers toward electric vehicles via tax credits. 

 

However, from 2024, for vehicles to qualify for tax credits, automakers must demonstrate that the percentage of minerals within their batteries extracted and processed in the U.S. or in a country with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement meets the threshold qualifying criteria.