New centre of excellence to bring R&D innovation to Wales
The countrys largest privately-funded infrastructure project, named...
A state-of-the-art centre of excellence for R&D is being created in Wales, UK.
The country’s largest privately-funded infrastructure project, named The Circuit of Wales, will be a hub of innovation covering 63,504 square metres for light manufacturing, industrial, and ancillary office use.
It will be set into the heart of the government-nominated Automotive Enterprise Zone, in the Blaenau Gwent area. The development will cost £425 million and contribute to economic diversification across the region, enabling the development of automotive and aerospace technologies.
The development of the business and innovation park will demand technology, engineering, research, management, and hospitality expertise that will have positive knock-on effects in the local community, providing employment opportunities and apprenticeships, as well as incentivising entrepreneurs. It will also provide a technical academy, a joint venture between local higher education bodies, a Welsh university, and The Circuit of Wales. 1,500 workers will be required during Phase 1 of the construction process alone, and they will be provided with construction skills training opportunities on-site.
British MotoGP will be hosted at the Circuit from 2019, and this combined with other sports and leisure events are expected to attract 750,000 visitors a year, alongside £50 million being injected into the Welsh economy per annum.
Martin Whitaker, Chief Executive of The Circuit of Wales said: “The Circuit of Wales represents a compelling proposition for the technology and automotive industries. The innovation cluster combines a state-of-the-art operations for OEMs, automotive, composite, materials and component manufacturers, with a world-class testing facility in one place.
“We are already seeing significant interest from a range of industries in partnering with The Circuit of Wales to increase their innovation and research activities. Together with a 365-day-a-year leisure and sports development, The Circuit of Wales will deliver a range of transformative regenerative initiatives – creating high-quality jobs and training opportunities, and drawing increased revenues, businesses and investment to one of the most disadvantaged areas in Wales.”
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Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery 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.