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Today, electric vehicles (EVs) are primarily powered by lithium-ion batteries. While these batteries are good at being discharged and charged hundreds of times, they pose challenges due to how the battery materials are obtained and geopolitical risks.
Enter 6K Inc., a company out of North Andover, Massachusetts, that is developing a new system called UniMelt that would make battery production healthy and more reliable for the supply chain using an environmentally friendly process.
The UniMelt system is a production-scale microwave plasma process that produces critical materials. The green system heats feedstock to an ultra-high temperate of 6,000° plasma and high-value materials come out at the bottom of the machine.
Instead of lithium, nickel and cobalt minerals that are hard to come by, potentially damage the environment, unfair labor practices and geopolitical risks, the system uses domestic and recycled feedstock that is more diverse.
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