International Battery Seminar - Engineering Strategy for Design and Scale-Up of a Recycling Process

I’m going to say it, I’m energized by the thought of participating in the International Battery Seminar and Exhibit in Orlando, Florida, next month. In 2023, more than 2,100 battery technologists attended. This year’s March event is expected to be even larger, with many speakers from around the world. I’m going to be one of them! The Seminar has four streams for participants: R & D: Battery Research and Recycling Manufacturing: Performance and Supply Chain Engineering: Safety, Management…


Beat the Odds in Engineering with Data Collection and Analysis

  Photo by Free Walking Tour Salzburg on Unsplash   I am not much of a gambler. I may sometimes participate in Fantasy Football, but you’re unlikely to find me placing big bets in Vegas. Still, that doesn’t stop me from being interested in a Business Week article entitled The Gambler Who Beat Roulette. Kit Chellel’s article is an entertaining read combining engineering, data collection and analysis, international intrigue, training of the mind and, of course, the roulette wheel. As…


Selecting Dryer Technologies for Battery Materials

  Photo by Saif71.com on Unsplash The battery materials market must produce dried powder for lithium ion battery (LIB) manufacturing. In a recent column in Chemical Processing, Barry on Batteries, I discussed dryer testing and selection. In short, there are many options to consider. Make your decision of dryer technologies for battery materials based upon lab and pilot testing. Robust data collection, drying curves and heat balances can help you land on the optimum design for battery…


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Lithium Industry Innovation is Ongoing

Credit: unsplash.com Lithium industry innovation is widely apparent, and P&ID is proud to be part of the ongoing development. While speaking at the International Battery Seminar & Conference, I was excited to hear the latest lithium supply chain innovations, especially as they reflected thinking I was already doing for my web-exclusive Chemical Processing column, Barry on Batteries. Take conventional lithium mining. Traditionally lithium production involves mining of lithium-containing…


Lithium Ion Battery Materials and Solid-liquid Separation Safety

In the many lithium ion battery (LIB) plants that I have visited, one critical area of concern is solid-liquid separation safety in manual operations.  After all, a LIB is, in reality, a small chemical plant.  The detailed structure is as follows: Figure 1.  Structure diagrams of LIBs . a) Main components, b) Internal structure and c) Structure of cathode materials and Al foil (Yellow coating represents PVDF film).   Reproduced from Global Challenges 2023, 7, 2200237, © 2023 The Authors.…