To identify the potential impacts of the growing market for automotive lithium-ion batteries, Argonne researchers are examining the material demand and recycling issues related to lithium-ion batteries. Research includes:
- Conducting studies to identify the greenest, most economical recycling processes,
- Investigating recycling practices to determine how much of which materials could be recovered with current or improved methods, and
- Quantifying the environmental impacts of both battery production and recycling processes through life-cycle analyses using Argonne’s GREET model.
Researchers leverage Argonne’s BatPaC model to determine the material compositions needed to perform life-cycle analyses on different lithium-ion battery chemistries.