Tata Chemicals launches Li-ion battery recycling operations

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Tata Chemicals—part of the over US$ 100 billion Tata Group—has commenced the commercial recovery of cathode active materials from spent lithium-ion cells/batteries.

“Li-ion battery recycling recovers valuable metals like lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese at 99% plus purity within Industry leading levels of yield. As a result, we will reduce environmental pollution, save energy and natural resources by extracting fewer raw materials from the earth”—read a press statement by the company.

The recycling operations are carried out at a 3P facility located near Mumbai. The operations, launched at pilot scale, have successfully recycled the spent Li-ion batteries and Tata Chemicals endeavors to scale it to recycle 500 tonnes of spent Li-ion batteries.

Ensuring circular economy

Significantly, Tata Chemicals has committed an investment of Rs 4,000 crore to set up a 10 GW lithium-ion battery plant in Dholera Special Investment Region (DSIR) of Gujarat.

Speaking about the investment, Jai Prakash Shivahare, managing director, Dholera Industrial City Development Limited (DICDL) told pv magazine: “The company [Tata Chemicals] will set up 1.7 GW capacity in the first phase at an investment of Rs 750-1000 crore and then scale it to 10 GW as demand rises.”

Tata Chemicals has already been allotted 126 acres land in DSIR to set up Li-ion battery manufacturing business.

In its commitment to develop a sustainable circular economy, the company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology (C-MET) to develop technology for the recovery and purification of cathode and anode active ingredients from spent lithium-ion cells/batteries.

Under the MoU, Tata Chemicals will leverage C-MET’s intellectual property, capabilities and infrastructure to test and validate multiple recycling chemistries.