Avenues to advance a regional circular strategy for the lithium ion battery supply chain in North America

Description

As the electrification of devices intensifies, the cumulative global manufacturing of lithium ion (Li-ion) battery cells could increase by fivefold by 2030. At the end of their service life, the batteries may be recovered or become toxic waste. North America therefore has a unique opportunity to secure and build a resilient supply chain based on circular principles. The region has the potential to play a leadership role in the extraction, manufacturing and recovery of critical minerals for Li-ion batteries, including rare minerals and those in short supply (e.g., lithium).

As the geopolitics of Li-ion batteries emerge, the project aims to determine a strategic plan for a regional supply system based on the circular economy. More specifically, it seeks to:

  1. Estimate the strengths, opportunities, vulnerabilities and risks of the current Li-ion battery supply chain in North America and among its international suppliers.
  2. Conceptualize and map the regional Li-ion battery infrastructure.
  3. Model the impact of implementing circular strategies.
  4. Identify investment opportunities.

Themes

  • Circular economy
  • Critical minerals
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Lithium ion batteries
  • North America
  • Public policy
  • Supply chain security

Affiliated research axes

Axis 2: Planning Optimization

Axis 3: Resource and Product Maximization

Axis 4: Policy levers

Collaborators

Irune Echevarria

Étudiante Polytechnique Montréal

Amount granted

$15,000
The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec