Xerox Ventures Invests in Li Industries and Its Groundbreaking Approach to Lithium Battery Recycling01 August 2022
NORWALK, Conn., August 1, 2022, – Xerox Ventures, the corporate venture capital subsidiary of Xerox Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: XRX), today announced its investment in the $7M Series A financing round of Li Industries, an early-stage lithium-ion battery (LIB) recycling company. The round was led by Khosla Ventures, with further participation from Xerox Ventures and Shell Ventures.
Investment in the recycling startup aligns with Xerox Venture’s efforts to back the next generation of business solutions across industries including enabling green enterprises of the future. Driven by increasing demand for Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries and reshoring supply of critical battery materials, battery recycling is poised to be a valuable circularity solution for a complex supply chain sensitive to geopolitical dynamics.
Existing approaches to battery recycling involve separating out valuable cathode materials into constituent elements through thermal or chemical separation processes. Once recovered, constituent elements must be reconstituted into usable cathode compositions for use in batteries. Li Industries has developed an innovative process of automated battery sorting by chemistry type and a novel direct recycling process that recovers battery electrode materials suitable for direct re-use by battery manufacturers. The recycled battery electrode material can then be supplied directly back to battery manufacturers at lower cost than virgin materials or recycled materials obtained through existing recycling approaches. This is a significant breakthrough in recycling and ensures true circularity for critical materials central to the EV revolution.
“Given the impressive technical backgrounds of Li Industries’ founding team, it’s no surprise that they’re at the forefront of such important sustainability advancements,” said Chris
Fisher, managing director of Xerox Ventures. “As demand for EV batteries continues to grow, and emerging chemistries rapidly take hold – including batteries with little to no Cobalt or Nickel content, Li Industries’ novel technology will be the most efficient and economical path towards recycling batteries at scale.”
“The support and partnership with Xerox Ventures is a huge step forward for the Li Industries team,” said Li Industries CEO, co-founder and primary inventor of the recycling process, Dr. Zheng Li. “Combined with their wealth of materials expertise and industry network, Xerox’s backing will ensure our vision for a new age of battery recycling is brought to fruition.”
Li Industries is the latest addition to the Xerox Ventures portfolio this year on the heels of investments in Anvilogic, LimaCharlie, Seurat Technologies and LinkSquares.
Learn more about Xerox Ventures here.
About Xerox Ventures
Established in 2021 as the corporate venture capital fund for Xerox Holdings Corporation, Xerox Ventures invests in early and growth-stage startups that emphasize Connected Work, Empowered Businesses and Green Enterprise. The company’s mission is to accelerate disruptive change – whether that be through cleantech, the internet of things (IoT/IIoT), advanced manufacturing, fintech, cybersecurity, or other deeptech avenues (software or hardware). More than an investor, Xerox Ventures offers its portfolio companies access to customers, tech partnerships, R&D support, and Xerox’s own wealth of expertise at the intersection of digital and physical.
About Li Industries
Headquartered in Blacksburg, VA, Li Industries, an innovative and fast-growing climate tech company developing next-generation lithium-ion battery recycling technologies. Li Industries was founded in 2017 and has developed scalable direct recycling technologies for lithium- ion batteries from electric vehicles and consumer electronics. Li Industries’ unique and patented direct recycling process can recycle all types of lithium-ion batteries and generate high purity commercial-grade battery materials in a faster, cheaper and cleaner manner, which enables effective and sustainable recycling of even low-cobalt or cobalt-free lithium- ion batteries. For more information, please visit: https://www.li-ind.com.