New battery recycling plant opens in Singapore

E-waste recycler TES opened a multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art facility to recycle lithium batteries in Singapore on March 24.

Known as TES B, the plant is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, with the capacity to recycle up to 14 tonnes or the equivalent of 280,000 lithium-ion smartphone batteries a day. The facility recovers precious metals such as nickel, lithium, and cobalt.

90% recovery

Singapore-based TES claims its proprietary battery recycling technology yields a 90% recovery rate for precious metals, with purity of almost 99%. This means that metals that TES recovers from lithium batteries are commercially ready for the fresh production of batteries.

Watch a video explaining the TES process

The plant use auto-punching machines and shredders that convert the batteries into black mass, while a chemical treatment and magnetic separators extract precious metals including lithium, cobalt, copper, nickel, and aluminum.

TES’s processes do not release secondary contaminants such as heavy metals or volatile organic compounds, into the atmosphere.

TES B was named project of the year by the Singapore Business Review’s Technology Excellence Awards 2020 and was recognized by the Reuters Responsible Business Awards 2020’s in the Sustainability Innovation Award category.

Gary Steele, TES’s CEO said: “The opening of the TES B recycling facility in Singapore today marks one of the biggest milestones in our vision of becoming a global sustainability leader. 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.”

Energy storage

TES also announced that it is working with strategic partners to introduce ESS (Energy Storage System) offerings, scalable turnkey solutions that use retired electric vehicle batteries for various commercial and residential energy needs in the secondary market.

ESS uses a network of connected second-life battery cells to store electricity and is a power alternative for green energy plants, remote mining power, and Base Transmit Stations, among other applications.

Founded in 2005, TES provides services for technology devices throughout their lifecycle, from deployment to decommissioning to disposition, and through to recycling and repurposing. It operates 40-plus facilities across 20 countries.