May 16, 2020

Hitachi signs licence agreement with Levyx to reduce Big Data infrastructure costs

Hitachi
Levyx
Big Data
Technology
Sean Galea-Pace
2 min
Levyx has announced it has signed a licence agreement to significantly decrease its Big Data infrastructure costs by collaborating with a subsidiary of...

Levyx has announced it has signed a licence agreement to significantly decrease its Big Data infrastructure costs by collaborating with a subsidiary of Hitachi.

The firm has linked up with Hitachi Information & Telecommunication Engineering to focus on the development, design, manufacturing, sale and servicing of products related to Information, Communications and Technology.

“We are pleased to partner with Hitachi and look forward to working with them on solving Big Data challenges in large market opportunities in areas such as IOT, Cyber Security, Genomics and Financials,” said Dr. Herbert Perer, Director of International Business Development of Levyx.

Levyx, a provider of system software for low latency big data platforms and applications, links up with Hitachi to deliver combined solutions to help sort challenges related to performance and latency in processing large-scale data sets.

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“Our Tokyo based team is working closely with Hitachi to develop high-end data solutions. We are committed to providing world-class service and support to our enterprise customers,” said Dr. Reza Sadri, CEO of Levyx.

“The Hitachi brand and horsepower combined with our intense domain expertise and differentiating technologies create a formidable solution.”

Through the new partnership, Levyx will be able to offer unique capabilities to help solve key data management issues.

There is a growing demand in Asia for low-latency and high-performance system-level software that optimizes hardware performance and reduces costs.

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

SustainableManufacturing
BatteryCell
EVs
Automotive
2 min
Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

 

What is Ultium Cells LLC?

Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”

Who is Li-Cycle?

Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.

As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”

Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?

By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.

“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).

"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.

"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.

Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.

"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.

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