SES AI and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Collaborate to Develop Advanced Lithium Metal Recycling Technology

Published / Modified Apr 21 2024
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SES AI Teams Up with Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Lithium Metal Recycling Technology Research Initiative

Mass. - SES AI Corporation (SES AI), a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high-performance Li-Metal batteries, has announced its collaboration with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) on a research initiative aimed at developing advanced recycling technology for lithium metal. The initiative will be led by Dr. Yan Wang, the William Smith Foundation Dean's Professor of Mechanical & Materials Engineering at WPI.

The global demand for lithium metal batteries has been increasing due to the rise in electric vehicles and renewable energy storage systems. However, the disposal of lithium metal batteries presents significant environmental challenges. Current recycling processes result in poor recovery rates, leading to the loss of valuable resources and potential harm to the environment.

Recognizing this need, SES AI has decided to fund the research initiative at WPI to tackle the issue of lithium metal battery recycling. Dr. Wang and his team will focus on developing state-of-the-art recycling technology that can efficiently recover valuable metals from used lithium metal batteries. The goal is to establish a sustainable and environmentally friendly recycling process that can contribute towards the circular economy and reduce the reliance on virgin resources.

The collaboration between SES AI and WPI is expected to bring together expertise in battery technology and materials engineering. By leveraging WPI's research capabilities and SES AI's industry knowledge, the partnership aims to accelerate the development and commercialization of lithium metal battery recycling technology.

Lithium metal recycling technology is still in its early stages, and research on effective recycling methods is limited. Dr. Wang and his team will work towards overcoming these challenges by exploring novel approaches to recover lithium and other valuable metals, such as cobalt and nickel, from discarded batteries. The research will involve developing advanced separation techniques, optimizing recycling processes, and ensuring the safety and efficiency of the overall recycling system.

In addition to addressing environmental concerns, efficient lithium metal battery recycling has the potential to create new economic opportunities. The valuable materials recovered from recycling can be used for the production of new batteries or other applications, reducing the reliance on costly mining operations and promoting a more sustainable supply chain.

With the support of SES AI, WPI and Dr. Wang's research team are enthusiastic about making significant advancements in lithium metal recycling technology. Their collaborative efforts aim to establish a roadmap for a more sustainable and circular approach to battery production and disposal in the future.


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