Reman cuts new battery demand
- November 07, 2016
Remanufacturing can lead to a 25% reduction in demand for new lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles, according to research by the US-based Mineta National Transit Research Consortium.
“This is a great achievement, keeping in mind the environmental impact of the manufacturing process for new batteries,” says Mineta’s Dr Charles R. Standridge. The researchers suggest that use of lithium-ion batteries in vehicles is growing in order to support electrification and meet increasing average gas-mileage targets and to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.
The report, Advances in Repurposing and Recycling of Post- Vehicle-Application Lithium-Ion Batteries, identifies reman as one of three methods to improve the post-vehicle-application use of electric vehicle batteries. The other two are repurposing for nonvehicle, stationary storage applications, and recycling-extracting the precious metals, chemicals and other by-products. The report says that recycling capacity needed by 2030, regardless of the percentage of postvehicle-application batteries selected for reman, will be approximately 85% of the combined repurposing-remanufacturing capacity.
“The need for recycling becomes significant for the first time between 2022 and 2024, growing steadily over time thereafter,” the report says. It will be important to build capacity that is flexible between repurposing and remanufacturing tasks, it concludes.