Singapore-based TES, an electronics recycler, has invested about $25 million to open two new battery recycling facilities—TES B in Singapore and Recupyl in Grenoble, France.
Both of those facilities employ an innovative recycling process utilizing proprietary in-house technology and equipment. Auto punching machines and shredders break end-of-life batteries down into fine substances, TES reports in a news release on the expansion. Additionally, magnetic separators recover the copper and aluminum, and a chemical treatment process is used to recover commodity-grade cobalt and lithium. This process is environmentally friendly, as it does not release secondary contaminants like heavy metals or volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere.
TES’ process creates a complete closed loop for lithium-ion batteries, eliminating the need to continuously source raw materials and deal with unreliable global suppliers, the company reports.
Additionally, TES has announced that it is working with strategic partners to develop the release of Energy Storage System (ESS), scalable turnkey solutions that use retired electric vehicle batteries for various commercial and residential energy needs in the secondary market, the company reports in a news release. ESS uses a network of optimally connected second-life battery cells to store electricity and is a viable power alternative for green energy plants, remote mining power, and Base Transmit Stations, among other applications.
“Investing in technology that keeps TES at the forefront of the sustainability movement is in our DNA,” says Gary Steele, TES’ chief executive officer. “Looking ahead, the battery space is potentially facing raw material commodity shortages stemming from the exponential proliferation of internet of things devices, electric vehicles and mobility devices. These real-world challenges need real-world solutions. Working in close partnership with the [Singapore Economic Development Board] and the [National Environment Agency] has enabled TES to develop an innovative battery recycling solution that further cements Singapore as being at the center the future circular economy.”