Battery recycling: the economics?

This data-file models the economics of recycling spent lithium ion batteries, taking in waste cells at end-of-life, and recovering materials such as cobalt, nickel, manganese, copper, aluminium, lithium and steel.

It currently looks challenging to generate acceptable IRRs without charging a disposal fee in the range of $1,700-2,000/ton. Although this could change through improved chemistries and more highly automated processes.

Inputs are based on patents and technical papers. Please download the data-file to stress test costs and other economic variables.