US and Europe strengthen domestic battery supply chains
New developments in lithium refining, graphite and gigafactories on both sides of the Atlantic
The geopolitical pivots by both the Biden administration in Washington and the EU to build up their own EV battery supply chains and wean themselves off dependence continue to gather momentum. From processing battery metals in Germany to factories that will construct the batteries in South Carolina and graphite development in Alabama, projects are moving forward apace.
In Europe, processing start-up Livista, which aims to construct two lithium conversion facilities capable of processing recycled battery materials, has selected French engineering heavyweight Technip Energies to deliver a detailed feasibility study and Feed for its first lithium refinery in Germany.