Saint Jean Carbon building a high performance lithium-ion battery with recycled/upcycled material
25 November 2016
Saint Jean Carbon Inc., a carbon science company engaged in the design and build of energy storage carbon materials, and a battery manufacturing partner will build a high-powered full-scale lithium-ion battery with recycled/upcycled material from an electric car power pack and upcycled anode material from Saint Jean Carbon.
Saint John said that this project—a first—is intended to provide results showing that the battery materials can be re-used over and over again, greatly reducing the demand for continued mining and helping the environment significantly. The project will take a three-stage approach:
Using proprietary and patented systems for dismantling and separating the chemistry and hard materials.
Design and re-engineering the surfacing of the raw materials.
Construction of two identical cells, one with new material and one with upcycled materials. Both cells will be tested to more than 10,000 cycles; this will create the most realistic sampling test results.
In the future having the ability to take recycled materials, reengineer them and repurpose to build a high performance lithium-ion battery (HPL) would be a first and would greatly change the raw material chain in energy storage applications and how the raw material will affect the cost of electric vehicles.
The outcome—if successful—will be step one in a multi-design build project that would ideally see a test vehicle built using the batteries.
The focus to work together to create a fully functioning upcycled battery is really a great opportunity for all parties involved, and aligns perfectly with our overall strategy. We have always had concerns about the significant amount of raw materials needed for lithium-ion batteries, frankly; making the environmentally sound energy storage devices, not so environmentally friendly when you dispose of them. With our technology and the knowledge strength within our team, we feel strongly, very promising results may come from the project.—Paul Ogilvie, CEO
Saint Jean is a publicly traded carbon science company, with specific interests in energy storage and green energy creation, with holdings in graphite mining and lithium claims in the province of Quebec in Canada.