Lithium & Nickel Crystallizers for the EV Battery Industry
Modular SaltMaker MVR and ChilledCrys Systems
March 24th 2022
Saltworks has shipped two SaltMaker MVR crystallizers and a SaltMaker ChilledCrys to the electric vehicle (EV) battery industry. These full-scale systems will play an essential role in the production of lithium and nickel—two critical elements in EV batteries.
SaltMaker MVR crystallizers are highly modular, electrically driven, and use forced circulation mechanical vapour recompression (MVR) to evaporate water and crystallize compounds. Their compact and modular design enables rapid installation on factory floors, boosting production while recycling wastewater and ions of value.
Saltworks offers a suite of advanced water technology solutions to support electrification and decarbonization in industry, particularly industrial desalination.
Photos of SaltMaker MVR: a comprehensive modular plant (left), a heat exchanger (middle), and fully packaged for shipping (right).
Saltworks’ EVP, Malcolm Man, commented “We’re proud to contribute to a greener future for all means of transport, regardless of what’s under the hood: gas engines, lithium-ion batteries, or hydrogen fuel cells. Advanced water technology is critical for all as they seek to limit GHG emissions and environmental impacts within their supply chains.”
Photos of SaltMaker ChilledCrys on the Saltworks factory floor: full plant (left) and from above (right).
Saltworks’ solutions are used to concentrate and convert valuable metals to battery-grade solids, manage residual brines, and target specific contaminants. The company’s most economic recovery projects involve lithium, nickel, and cobalt. Saltworks has also helped clients recover commodity chemicals such as ammonia, sodium sulfate, and acids. Reach out to Saltworks’ technical experts to learn more.
Saltworks Technologies is a leader in the development and delivery of solutions for industrial wastewater treatment and desalination. By working with customers to understand their unique challenges and focusing on continuous innovation, Saltworks’ solutions provide best-in-class performance and reliability on challenging waters. From its headquarters in Richmond, BC, Canada, Saltworks designs, builds, and operates full-scale treatment plants, and offers comprehensive offsite and onsite testing services with its fleet of mobile pilots.
Achieve true zero liquid discharge (ZLD) with forced circulation evaporative crystallizer options. SaltMaker MVR requires only electrical power to operate, while SaltMaker MSF operates from thermal energy, including waste heat sources as low as 80°C.
From electronics to electric vehicles, the world increasingly runs on lithium ion technology. Recycling lithium ion batteries closes the loop on valuable production materials including lithium, cobalt, and nickel. Saltworks’ advanced water processing and resource extraction technologies contribute to multiple parts of the battery recycling flow.