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  • A small mound of black mass used in research purposes.

    Electra highlights battery recycling complex

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Inching closer to a fully operational battery recycling and refining facility, Electra Battery Materials Corp. has utilized the last year to meticulously streamline, optimize, and improve its battery recycling trial, as well as the recovery systems for lithium, nickel, cobalt, and other critical minerals at its Ontario complex in Canada. "Throughout this 12-month demonstration operation, our team has continued to refine and optimize the processes resulting in successive...

  • 3D rendering of Rock Tech Lithium’s future Germany lithium refinery.

    Electra signs lithium deal with Rock Tech

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 16, 2023

    Embarking on the initial transformative steps toward sustainability along the supply chain, Electra Battery Materials Corp. announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Rock Tech Lithium Inc. for the development of a partnership to supply recycled lithium from Electra's Battery Materials Park in Ontario to then be upgraded to battery-grade lithium at Rock Tech refineries. "Partnering with Rock Tech, a leading lithium development company with assets in Europe... Full story

  • Visual Capitalist infograph on global cobalt production.

    Cobalt crashes – will it rise again?

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 23, 2023

    From being the priciest and hardest-to-come-by, lithium-ion battery metal during the budding energy transition to a massive surplus and wavering demand, cobalt mining has had a nail-biting year as sales have stalled and prices have begun to fall (global benchmark cobalt prices have dropped by more than half since May of last year). Cobalt is a lustrous ferromagnetic metal with a high melting point used increasingly in renewable energy technologies, such as wind turbines and...

  • An aerial shot of Electra’s current facility in northern Ontario.

    Electra's cobalt refinery still on track

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 1, 2023

    Inching closer to the completion of North America's first battery-grade cobalt sulfate refinery, Electra Battery Materials Corp. issued an update for potential stakeholders as it seeks to secure additional funding to complete this much-needed link in a future EV battery supply chain. Starting out the month with an announcement that it would continue its black mass recycling operations following an extremely successful trial that saw roughly 40 metric tons of black mass...

  • Female Electra technician examining final product for customer shipment.

    Electra maintains black mass production

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 11, 2023

    Based on the success of its battery recycling trial, which showed improved recoveries of critical battery elements, higher metal content, and reduced use of reagents, thus paving the way for a higher-quality final product for its customers, Electra Battery Materials Corp. is extending processing of black mass at its refinery complex in Ontario, Canada. "Results from our plant-scale black mass trial continue to exceed our expectations," said Electra Battery Materials CEO Trent...

  • A splattered mound of finely powdered recycled battery.

    Battery metals require responsible recyclers

    A.J. Roan, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 11, 2023

    Separating your plastics, paper, metals, and food waste has generally been a personal choice throughout most of modern recycling history. However, current demand for resources predicts we won't have enough to support net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Hence, now is the best time for consumers to become educated and self-determined with their buying power, manufacturers to begin considering recycling as part of the initial design, and a new circular economy that resurrects a tr... Full story

  • A small dish filled with pinkish-red cobalt sulfate crystals.

    Oncoming cobalt surplus may ravage prices

    A.J. Roan, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 11, 2023

    Still overshadowed by lithium but no less significant, cobalt falls within a unique category as a critical mineral not only for its properties but also for its controversial supply. As a fundamental component necessary for nickel-cobalt-manganese (NMC) lithium-ion batteries, cobalt warranted its place as a critical mineral vital to the zero-carbon transition due to the necessity of those batteries to power a clean, emission-free future. Its critical uses, however, go far... Full story

  • An exposed electric vehicle battery pack frame for a future EV.

    Electra almost triples LG cobalt deal

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 25, 2023

    As the only future cobalt sulfate supplier in North America, Electra Battery Materials Corp. has cut a deal to supply LG Energy Solution Ltd. with substantially more battery-grade cobalt than originally anticipated. Piggybacking off an agreement inked in late 2022, Electra will now supply LG Energy Solution with 3,000 metric tons of cobalt contained in a cobalt sulfate product in 2025 and an additional 4,000 metric tons in each of the following years through 2029 for a total...

  • Electra Battery Materials’ constructing its planned extraction facility.

    Electra ships first recycled product

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 18, 2023

    Marking a historical moment for its endeavors to support the green energy transition, Electra Battery Materials Corp. announced its first shipment of recycled nickel-cobalt from its refinery complex north of Toronto, Canada. "The first customer delivery of product from our refinery marks another important milestone on the path to commercializing our black mass refining capabilities," said Electra Battery Materials CEO Trent Mell. Black mass, a material produced from shredding...

  • The inside of Electra Battery Materials’ cobalt refinery in Ontario.

    Three Fires invests $10 million in Electra

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 7, 2023

    After signing a memorandum of understanding with First Nation-owned and operated Three Fires Group to form a joint centered focused on recycling lithium-ion battery waste, Electra Battery Materials Corp. announced a C$10 million (US$7.6 million) strategic investment by the First Nations group focused on generating prosperity for current and future generations. "Since announcing plans to form a battery recycling joint venture, we have had active discussions with Three Fires on...

  • Electra Battery Materials refinery in northern Ontario, Canada.

    Electra shakes hands with Three Fires Group

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 7, 2023

    Leading through example, Electra Battery Materials Corp. has signed a memorandum of understanding with First Nation-owned and operated Three Fires Group to form a joint venture focused on the recycling of lithium-ion battery waste, underpinned by Electra's proprietary black mass processing expertise. "We are excited by the opportunity to work with the Three Fires Group and solve a pressing challenge of the EV battery supply chain, namely how to recycle and repurpose battery...

  • Electra Battery Materials Ontario eco-park EV cobalt recycling refinery nickel

    Electra Battery Materials Park on schedule

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Electra Battery Materials Corp. is making headway on upgrades and expansions of North America's only battery-grade cobalt refinery, the centerpiece of an emerging eco-industrial park in Ontario that will supply battery materials to the lithium-ion battery and electric vehicle plants in North America. Electra's cobalt refinery is a hydrometallurgical facility that previously operated in Ontario for a decade. Since acquiring this asset, the company has been advancing a strategy... Full story

  • Electra Battery Metals Glencore Ontario Canada cobalt hydroxide feed material

    Electra, Glencore cut new cobalt deals

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Above and beyond its agreement to sell cobalt hydroxide feed material to Electra Battery Materials Corp., Glencore has signed a five-year tolling contract for the use of Electra's refinery in Ontario to upgrade additional cobalt hydroxide into battery-grade cobalt. Glencore has been a strong supporter of Electra for a number of years, funding the initial engineering studies and providing technical input as the Canada-based company advanced development of its First Cobalt... Full story

  • 3D rendering of Volkswagen’s future Salzgitter gigafactory.

    Ontario new home to VW gigafactory

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Setting up in one of North America's fastest-growing lithium-ion battery development zones, Volkswagen Group has foreseen the potential and has opted to build its next gigafactory outside of Europe in the city of St. Thomas, Ontario. The St. Thomas factory is a joint venture between VW and PowerCo SE, a new independent company created by the automaker to oversee its massive $20 billion battery initiatives. With two other gigafactories currently in development, this latest...

  • A large canvas sack filled with lumps of recycled batteries or black mass.

    Electra recycles lithium from spent batteries

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 8, 2023

    Marking a significant milestone in its role as a leading electric vehicle battery recycler, Electra Battery Materials Corp. announced the successful recovery of technical-grade lithium carbonate from a black mass recycling trial conducted at its refinery north of Toronto, Canada. Black mass, the material remaining once expired lithium-ion batteries are shredded and all casings removed, typically consists of some mix of lithium, nickel, cobalt, manganese, copper, and graphite...

  • Aerial view of Electra’s hydrometallurgical cobalt refinery in Quebec, Canada.

    LG inks two Ontario battery metal deals

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 14, 2023

    When Ontario unveiled its critical minerals strategy earlier this year, the idea was to leverage the rich mineral endowment in the northern reaches of the province and the established manufacturing in the south to attract investment from some of the biggest names along the electric vehicle supply chain. With LG Energy Solution, one of the world's largest lithium-ion battery companies, inking two deals to source battery-grade cobalt and lithium from the province, it seems that...

  • The metal framing of one of Electra's battery materials refineries.

    Electra makes first battery recycling move

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 21, 2023

    Becoming the frontrunner of battery recyclers, Electra Battery Materials Corp. announced that it has successfully completed the first plant-scale recycling of black mass material in North America, recovering critical metals such as nickel, cobalt, and manganese needed for the electric vehicles of the low-carbon future. Colloquially known as black mass, it is essentially the remains of pulverized lithium-ion battery anode and cathode materials. Imperative toward the...

  • Cobalt is a transition metal between iron and nickel on the periodic table.

    Critical cobalt overshadowed by lithium

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 20, 2022

    Replacing this oft-maligned lithium-ion battery metal comes at a cost Traditionally a headline-grabbing metal due to the perceived human rights and monetary costs it adds to lithium-ion batteries and the electric vehicles they power, cobalt is being overshadowed by the enormous demand and price increases for the lithium and nickel that also go into the storage cells that deliver the "E" to the EV revolution. Cobalt, however, continues to be a vital ingredient that improves... Full story

  • An EV drives past wind turbines on a rural road to the mountains.

    Canada to feed a minerals hungry world

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 13, 2022

    Develops strategy to be the world's critical minerals supplier of choice Understanding that the renewable energy and electric vehicle revolution offers a "generational opportunity for Canada and its world-class mining sector," Ottawa is leveraging the nation's wealth of critical minerals to become a powerhouse that feeds raw materials into resource-hungry clean energy and technology supply chains. "Canada's Critical Minerals Strategy will position Canada as the global supplier... Full story

  • A blue “Welcome to Idaho” sign along a desert highway at the Nevada border.

    Electra drills new cobalt zone in Idaho

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 4, 2022

    Toward its goal of building its inventory of the cobalt needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles, Electra Battery Materials Corp. has drilled a new zone of mineralization at its Iron Creek cobalt-copper project within the Idaho Cobalt Belt about 135 miles northeast of Boise. "Idaho could play an important role in the onshoring of the EV battery supply chain by providing a domestic supply of cobalt in America," said Electra Battery Materials CEO Trent Mel...

  • Electra Battery Materials’ cobalt refinery in Ontario.

    Electra considers Quebec cobalt refinery

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    As it advances the development of a lithium-ion battery materials park centered on its cobalt refinery in Ontario, Electra Battery Materials Corp. is considering the potential of building a second similar facility in a battery materials park being developed near the town of Becancour in the neighboring province of Quebec. "Given a forecasted deficit in domestic cobalt sulfate production by 2025, we have received significant interest from industry and government stakeholders...

  • Underground development at former cobalt and copper mine in Idaho.

    Electra grows Iron Creek cobalt deposit

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    With its lithium-ion battery materials park in Canada on pace to begin ramping up production in phases beginning at the end of this year, Electra Battery Materials Corp. continues to expand a cobalt deposit in Idaho that could provide the United States with an environmentally sound and socially acceptable domestic supply of this metal critical to electric vehicle batteries. "At a time of heightened geopolitical risk, America has committed to securing a domestic supply of...

  • Glencore Electra Battery Materials Canada refinery plant cobalt black mass park

    Glencore to buy Electra recycled metals

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    With mining giant Glencore AG agreeing to buy the nickel and cobalt recycled from spent lithium-ion batteries over the next two years, Electra Battery Materials Corp.'s vision of developing an eco-industrial park in Ontario that serves as a one-stop-shop for the materials needed for the batteries powering 1.5 million electric vehicles per year is one step closer to reality. The Electra Battery Materials Park is being developed around the company's cobalt refinery about 250...

  • lithium ion metal battery BrightDrop EV van Ontario Canada

    An Ontario critical minerals strategy

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Ontario has developed a mines-to-market critical minerals strategy that leverages rich stores of critical minerals in the northern reaches of the Canadian province, the already well-established mining sector found there, and the robust manufacturing sector that has been developed in the south. "The Critical Minerals Strategy is our government's blueprint to connect industries, resources and workers in our province's north to the future of manufacturing in the south as we...

  • Electra Battery Materials ecopark lithium nickel cobalt North American supply

    Talon joins Electra battery park vision

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Intrigued by Electra Battery Materials Corp.'s vision of developing a hydroelectric-powered battery materials park in Ontario, Talon Metals Corp. has joined a partnership that will investigate the potential of using this emerging Canadian facility to upgrade nickel produced at its coming Tamarack Mine in Minnesota into the battery-grade nickel sulfate needed for the lithium-ion batteries powering electric vehicles. This partnership, which also includes the Ontario government a...

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