Cobalt: Turning Cost Drivers into Value Drivers
short description
We propose a path to get spent batteries in to recyclers, and technology to get more cobalt out during the recycling process.


Team Name
NUMiX Materials


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Track 5: Other Ideas


As stated in the rules, your short (90-second maximum) video showcasing your submission should focus on the novelty or advantage(s) of your idea and its potential impact while also providing an explanation of your approach and how it will integrate within a full end-to-end solution.

After you’ve created your video, post it (unlisted) to YouTube along with a title (including your team name and “BRP Phase 1 Video”) and a short description. After the submission deadline for Phase I has passed, we will add your video to the Battery Recycling Prize playlist on the American-Made Challenges YouTube channel to be shared with other participants for potential partnering. Because your video will be public-facing, please do not include any confidential information.

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Summary_Slide_NUMiX Materials_Recycling_Prize.pdf

comments (public)

  • Timothy Alsfeld Nov. 18, 2019, 5:51 p.m. PST
    I think I'm missing something about this challenge. What does a video have to do with actually recycling batteries? I don't understand why it is so hard. All of the technology already exists. Step one shred the spent batteries.
    Step two place them in a deposition tank and salvage the metal separating it from the crystals.
    Step three sluice out the crystals from the liquid.
    Step four place the crystals in a crystal growth pot and grow them on a seed through vapor deposition.
    I would recommend contacting ISOMET Corp in Manassas Virginia.
    • Battery Recycling Prize moderator Dec. 2, 2019, 11:37 a.m. PST
      This contest focuses specifically on the recycling of Lithium-Ion Batteries, as well as the collection, sorting, safe storage and transportation, of those batteries from consumer to recycling facilities.