Japan : Recycling Waste Cathode Materials
(Updated on August 24, 2012)
Sony Energy Devices Corporation, which manufactures lithium-ion batteries, among other products, is promoting a variety of ambitious recycling initiatives. Previously, the company sold waste cathode materials from cathode processes and battery assembly lines to recycling companies for the extraction of cobalt, which was used in the manufacture of tools and other items but not recycled for use as battery materials. However, in an effort spearheaded by its procurement and administrative departments, the company developed a scheme whereby it has partnered with a recycling firm that uses calcination to process waste cobalt and other metals from cathode and production processes into a powder form, thereby facilitating reuse as cathode materials. In fiscal year 2011, approximately 60 tons of waste materials were thus recycled for use as cathode materials.