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Where will the waste batteries of electric vehicles go in the future? Environmental Protection Agency: Towards a high-value recycling system

Discarded batteries of electric vehicles are still useful. Secondary lithium batteries have the advantages of low discharge rate, long life cycle, high energy density and high-efficiency energy storage. Electric vehicles and large energy storage devices are highly dependent on lithium batteries. It is estimated that in 2025, it will gradually enter the end-of-life period. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of used electric vehicle batteries is sufficient, and has been included in the key strategy of net zero transformation, and relevant measures have been planned to win the National Science and Technology Council’s science and technology plan, and will develop towards a high-value recycling system.

The Environmental Protection Agency pointed out that the batteries of electric vehicles are mostly assembled from secondary lithium batteries with a single cell weighing less than 1 kg. They belong to the range of waste dry batteries announced by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Environmental Protection Agency has used the Resource Recovery Management Fund to build There is a complete recycling pipeline and subsidy mechanism. Waste battery processing manufacturers can receive subsidies after being audited and certified after proper disposal.

At present, there are 6 subsidized institutions in the waste dry battery processing industry, with a processing capacity of 3,506 metric tons per year, which is estimated to meet the amount of waste batteries for electric vehicles that will be scrapped successively before 2025. The Environmental Protection Agency has recently increased the subsidy rate for waste secondary lithium batteries, increasing the willingness of the industry to set up factories, and has planned promotion measures in the “Key Strategy Eight” of “2050 Taiwan’s Net Zero Transformation”, combining the development of academic and research institutions and bridging industries technology, and establish a battery high-value treatment and recycling industry chain.

The Environmental Protection Agency added that in response to the possible production volume in 2030, the subsidy rate for waste secondary lithium batteries has been raised on July 1, 2010, and through economic incentives, the processing industry can increase capacity and upgrade technology. After more than a year of implementation, it has been found that the amount of recycling has increased significantly, and there is a significant increase in industrial investment and the willingness to set up factories. In addition to existing treatment plants, including battery material manufacturers, energy storage battery manufacturing, electric vehicle brand manufacturers, other treatment plants, Material refineries, etc., all express or propose to the Environmental Protection Agency the evaluation plan of setting up factories or increasing production lines in China.

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