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National Metallurgical Lab, Pune-based Recy Energy ink LiB recycling pact

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National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML) has announced that it has agreed with Recy Energy Pvt Ltd, Pune to transfer a breakthrough technology for the recycling of scrap, waste, and used lithium Ion Batteries (LIB).

Dr. S.K. Pal, Head, Research Planning and Business Development division, CSIR-NML, and Dr. Masood Khajenoori, Founder and CEO, Recy Energy Pvt Ltd signed the technology transfer agreement in presence of Dr. Indranil Chattoraj, Director, CSIR-NML, Arindam Das from Recy Energy Pvt Ltd, and Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Head, Metal Extraction and Recycling Division, CSIR-NML.

The nascent automotive and transport sector has been rising ahead globally, witnessing sharp growth in the realm of lithium battery-based electrical vehicles across developed and emerging nations. India generates over 50,000 tons of lithium battery waste every year, which is expected to increase three-fold by 2025.

While the customer's lucrative demands and stringent environmental regulations ensure the development of sustainable technology for Lithium battery recycling. Nonetheless, CSIR-NML comes up with a waste-to-wealth creation technology that addresses all the global challenges that are prevailing at present.

Dr. Masood Khajenoori states, "Our quest for a universal technology, which can treat all types of lithium-ion batteries has ended with this technology transfer agreement and is poised to help India in fulfilling the goals of the Swachh Bharat Mission and the Smart Cities initiative. This indigenous technology shall pave the way for the extraction of battery-grade nickel, lithium, cobalt, and manganese apart from copper, aluminium, and rejuvenated graphite, as well as recycling of solvents used in the process".

Dr. Indranil Chattoraj mentions the role of CSIR via a Mission Mode Project in developing this technology. 

Dr. Chattoraj states, "A 100 kilogram throughout LIB recycling pilot plant is in the phase of realisation under this project on a hire-operate-transfer mode for new generation entrepreneurs and established recyclers in battery recycling".

Dr. Sanjay Kumar, Head-MER Division, CSIR-NML mentions the need of leveraging a universal technology in battery recycling that holds the key to process economics and sustainability.

Author : Debi Dash
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