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Wistron Greentech partners with Princeton NuEnergy – setting up pilot recycling line

Wistron Greenwich commissions pilot line for direct recycling of lithium-ion batteries.

Wistron Greentech, the recycling arm of the Taiwanese electronics component manufacturer Wistron, has in partnership with New Jersey-based Princeton NuEnergy (PNE) commissioned a pilot line for direct recycling of lithium-ion batteries with a capacity of 500 tonnes per year.

The pilot line is based on a patented low-temperature plasma-assisted process which reclaims and repairs cathode material in end-of-life batteries. PNE has also invented a discharge technology which is used before the recovery. The companies have not shared data on purity or recovery rates at this time.

Wistron Greentech has long experience from process development and have experienced with several different kind of separation techniques for different kind of e-waste. The company has also for more than ten years been sorting end-of-life batteries for Call2Recycle and other customers giving the company extensive experience within the area.

As the first end-to-end, production-scale direct recycling line in the U.S.,PNE's proprietary technology directly processes LIB's ranging from consumer electronics to full EV battery packs. This highly modular facility has capacity to process up to 500 tons per year of LIB manufacturing scrap and end-of-life batteries.

Princeton NuEnergy is a New Jersey-based startup which has developed the recovery method used in the pilot line.

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