November 11, 2021: Lead-acid battery global leader Clarios has signed a deal with the American KULR Technology Group ‘to develop the manufacturing and re-use of lithium-ion batteries and their chemical elements in the US for the purpose of domestic national interest’.
The partnership is part of a Department of Energy lithium battery lifecycle initiative. KULR will provide the transport for the batteries through their entire life cycle, from manufacturing to recycling and re-use, a statement said.
The company has been given a special permit from the Department of Transportation to allow it to ship up to 2.1kWh capacity of damaged or defective batteries per case.
Clarios has a ‘Powering the Future’ project in place, in which it works with various industry partners to identify and separate lithium batteries from lead-acid batteries and then recycle them.
“As the producer of one third of the world’s car batteries, Clarios is uniquely positioned to facilitate and spearhead the lithium recycling economy,” the company said. “Clarios has established a world-class closed-loop process where up to 99% of materials from lead-acid batteries can be recovered and turned into new batteries.”
The same cannot yet be said for lithium batteries, but the Department of Energy funding marks a determination to explore and improve the process.