NGen grant will further lithium recycling for batteries

Toronto-based Li-Metal Corp. has been granted $1.9 million as part of a $5.1 million joint project with Blue Solutions.

Li-Metal develops lithium metal anode and lithium metal technologies for next-generation batteries.

The funding comes from Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen), an industry-led not-for-profit organization that manages Canada’s Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster. NGen provides funding and business support to industry-led initiatives that aim to develop, apply, or scale-up manufacturing solutions in Canada for commercialization in global markets.

“If we want to win business in the globally competitive EV market, Canada must invest in world-leading advanced manufacturing capabilities, in the cleanest, most cutting-edge technologies and processes,” said Jayson Myers, CEO, NGen.

“That’s why NGen has co-invested with Li-Metal and Blue Solutions in game-changing technologies that will sustainably drive the next generation of EV batteries, resulting in cleaner, more efficient electric vehicles and driving new investment and employment opportunities for businesses across Canada.

Reprocessing lithium

The grant will be used to support the commercialization of technologies for reprocessing of lithium metal and production of ultra-thin high-performance low-cost lithium metal anodes.

Li Metal is partnering with Blue Solutions to develop a lower cost, lower carbon passenger electric vehicles format solid-state battery for next-generation automotive platforms. The project will focus on the development of high-performance ultra-thin lithium metal anodes suitable for use in large-format all-solid state pouch cells for automotive applications and which will include recovered lithium metal from both end-of-life batteries and production by-product generated at Blue Solutions manufacturing operations in Quebec.

The lithium metal will be reprocessed using refining technology to be developed during the course of the project, for circular re-introduction into Blue Solutions’ cell production process both in lithium ingots as well as in next-generation physical vapor deposited (PVD) ultra-thin anodes.

Suitable for EVs

This will enable Li-Metal to supply battery materials and components needed for product qualification – a key step before next-generation batteries can be used in electric vehicles.

“We are excited to receive NGen’s support as we continue to advance the development of lithium metal and anode technology,” said Maciej Jastrzebski, co-founder and CEO of Li-Metal.

“Ultimately, this grant will help our mission to secure a more sustainable battery materials supply chain for North American next-generation battery makers, significantly advancing Li-Metal’s progress to automotive-grade commercial production.”