Strengthens IP Protection Of Battery Recycling Processes
Lithium Australia NL (ASX: LIT) has filed two PCT applications relating to its Lithium-Ion Battery (LIB) recycling processes.
The company has confirmed the filing of a PCT application – entitled ‘Process for recovering values from batteries’ with the reference Australian Provisional Patent Application 2020902848 – that relates to processes for the recovery of electrode materials from LIBs (for example, electrode material comprising a cathode material and/or an anode material, such as a mixed metal dust), as well as recovery of the electrolyte.
It has also filed a provisional patent application – entitled ‘Process for recovering metal values from process liquors’ with the reference Australian Provisional Patent Application 2020902849 – that relates to processes for the selective recovery of mixed metal sulphates (for example, a mixed cobalt-nickel sulphate) from a metal sulphate process liquor.
“Lithium Australia, through its recycling subsidiary Envirostream Australia Pty Ltd, is a leader in the field of battery recycling technologies. With our recent successful capital raising, we’re in a strong position to accelerate commercialisation of the technologies discussed here,” Lithium Australia MD, Adrian Griffin, said.
“Indeed, the first of those has already been implemented on a commercial scale at our Melbourne processing plant.
“These technical advances are timely, in that they coincide with the introduction of a national battery stewardship scheme designed to divert batteries from landfill, thereby increasing the quantities of spent batteries available for recycling.”