ABTC to purchase commercial-scale battery recycling facility

ABTC to purchase commercial-scale battery recycling facility

Commissioning of first-of-kind lithium-ion battery recycling technologies continues apace to help address supply chasm in sustainably-sourced battery metals imperative for transition to electrification

  • By ICN Bureau | August 22, 2023

American Battery Technology Company (ABTC), an American critical battery materials company, has finalized the purchase of its commercial-scale battery recycling facility located in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) at 2500 Peru Drive, McCarran, Nevada. 

In March, ABTC entered into agreements to acquire the existing facility and the installed industrial utility equipment in order to accelerate the first commercial scale implementation of its internally-developed first-of-kind lithium-ion battery recycling technologies.

"The acquisition of this move-in ready industrial recycling facility has greatly accelerated our progress towards the first implementation of our integrated commercial-scale, lithium-ion battery recycling operations," stated ABTC CEO Ryan Melsert. "Within this facility we will have operations to receive a wide-range of end-of-life and scrap battery materials and process these materials all the way to battery grade metal products that we will sell to our domestic partners in order to create one of the first closed loop battery material supply chains within North America."

This facility will house ABTC's first-of-kind integrated battery recycling system which utilizes a strategic de-manufacturing and targeted chemical extraction train in order to recover battery materials with high yields, low cost, and with a low environmental footprint.  These processes are fundamentally different than conventional methods of battery recycling, which utilize high temperature furnaces, such as smelting, or non-strategic shredding or grinding systems. The ABTC system results in battery metals separation, recovery and purification of high-value, battery-grade products with less environmental impact and greater potential cost efficiencies than conventional methods.

As ABTC ramps up operations of its integrated recycling processes, the facility will be commissioned in phases. In the first phase battery materials will be recycled into products including copper, aluminum, steel, a lithium intermediate, and a black mass intermediate material.  Once the second phase of this integrated recycling facility is operational, this lithium intermediate will be further refined into a battery grade lithium hydroxide product, and the black mass intermediate material will be further refined into battery grade nickel, cobalt, manganese, and lithium hydroxide products.

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