A solution for recycling lithium-ion batteries

Igor Simonnet, President and main investor of EVA Énergie (Photo: courtesy)

REGIONAL FOCUS. Eco-centers and waste centers are receiving more and more small lithium-ion batteries, from power tools or computers. The young company EVA Énergie, founded in Rimouski in June 2022, has developed a solution to give them a second life by renovating more than 70% of their cells.

“In some countries, such as India, lithium-ion battery cells have been recycled for a long time, but no figures were available,” explains Igor Simonnet, president and lead investor of EVA Énergie. I wanted to conduct the first study on the recovery rate of these cells, particularly those of laptop and power tool batteries. » By collaborating with Jean-Louis Chaumel, founder of RikiFest, also from Rimouski, the manager combines his entrepreneurial experience in IT development with that of this specialist in solar, wind and hybrid energy and energy storage.

Excellent results with good pre-sorting

The start-up first hires a battery technician who carries out tests to determine the number of “good” cells in the lithium-ion battery packs. The innovative technology developed by the company allows, on the one hand, to disassemble them and, on the other hand, to evaluate the cells that compose them. The goal? Target those who still excel and then rehabilitate them.

An agreement signed in 2021 with the agency Call2Recycle, which has the monopoly on the recovery of all lithium-ion batteries in Canada, allows EVA Énergie to process hundreds of them and open an industrial laboratory in Rimouski. “We found that the cell recovery rate depends enormously on pre-sorting,” emphasizes Igor Simonnet. If we do it right, we can achieve rates of over 70%, which is huge! »

The recovered cells are then reassembled and can be used for other applications, such as energy storage batteries, which are increasingly being used for solar panels.

With a pilot laboratory, the company is already selling lithium-ion batteries that use reused cells to several customers. Among them, Audace Technologies, a company that produces solar and wind energy systems, uses it for energy storage. RikiFest, a non-profit organization for events and cultural dissemination founded by Jean-Louis Chaumel, uses lithium batteries from EVA Énergie to power the Festibus mobile stage, a “dancing” bus that travels through neighborhoods without a generator or external power supply.

Financial growth

The young company is often commissioned to repair and reprocess batteries for tools, bicycles and electric scooters. The success of the latter leads to a growing need for the production of new lithium-ion batteries and the management of used batteries. “We have the skills to do it, but we need the support of investors or the government,” explains Jean-Louis Chaumel, for whom the current modest volumes are expected to grow.

“Lithium-ion scrap production is 85 tonnes per year in Quebec and 135 tonnes in Ontario. But there is a trend towards the electrification of many devices, such as lawn mowers, which will also have to be electric in California from 2024,” emphasizes Igor Simonnet.

EVA Énergie needs $5 million to build Canada’s first small lithium-ion battery recovery, processing and refurbishment pilot plant in Rimouski, which would create 200 jobs. If, according to Igor Simonnet, the company is “welcomed with open arms by the region”, it has already attracted the interest of several local municipalities that manage eco-centers and has received approval for it from the Ministry of Environment office in Rimouski. put this factory into operation – it does not receive any financial support from Recyc-Québec. “Our initiative outside this corridor in Bas-Saint-Laurent surprises the authorities. However, many people are willing to help us financially, provided we have a solid private business partner, but the private sector is cautious and waiting for a signal from Recyc-Québec,” explains Jean-Louis Chaumel.

According to Igor Simonnet, Quebec is lagging behind when it comes to recycling small batteries, such as those used in computers, cell phones and electric bicycles. “In France, many companies supported by the public sector are involved in this sector, such as VoltR, which has raised several million euros and has just inaugurated its first factory,” he notes. “Short-circuit recycling with local recovery and utilization of these dangerous substances makes it possible to minimize their transport and promote regional development,” emphasize the two partners, who are currently examining other applications and customers in order to benefit from their know-how. TO DO.

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