WA-based graphite company EcoGraf Limited (ASX:EGR) announced today that it has produced “outstanding results” from a recent testwork program for the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries from recovered carbon anode materials.
According to the press release, the Company achieved a carbon purity of >99.95% during the recycling program, thus confirming the efficacy of the so-called EcoGraf™ process in recovering the anode material required for use in electric vehicles (EVs).
The EcoGraf™ project is the company’s response to recent European Union Commission legislative changes which proposes raising the collection rate for portable battery levels to 65% by 2025, and 70% by 2030.
“As the battery represents over 40% of the total carbon emission footprint of a typical electric vehicle, the benefits in re-using this production waste are significant and will contribute to both a reduction in battery unit costs and carbon emissions,” EcoGraf said.
“The Company is working with several EV and battery manufacturers to support greater recycling utilising the Company’s ecofriendly process that does not use hydrofluoric (HF) acid and EcoGraf looks forward to providing further updates on this new development.”
The results of this recent testwork follow a previous one which likewise delivered encouraging results.
In 30 November 2020, EcoGraf announced that their anode recycling technology achieved positive results of up to 99.8% carbon achieved during testing with potential European customers.