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  • Redwood employees overlooking anode copper foil battery material.

    DOE to lend $2B for Redwood battery plant

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Loan will support US plant capable of producing EV battery materials at the giga-scale. Toward the White House's goal of zero-emission vehicles making up half of all car sales in the U.S. by 2030, the U.S. Department of Energy has conditionally committed to lend $2 billion to Redwood Materials Inc. to support the expansion and construction of a battery recycling and manufacturing complex in Nevada. Announced on Thursday via the DOE Loan Programs Office, Redwood will use the...

  • A pile of black powder produced during the lithium battery recycling process.

    Tackling EV battery recycling with tech

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 3, 2024

    Electric vehicles are a major player in the decarbonization of the global transport sector. The industry is under pressure to seek the shortest, most profitable route to a renewable future, which puts its most expensive asset – battery production – at risk of potentially redistributing rather than neutralizing carbon usage. Nowhere is this pressure more acute than in the growing demand for a more sustainable and scalable battery lifecycle. Due to roughly 15 years of ope...

  • A metallic dragon with its claws on a graphite stone and the Chinese flag.

    Next US-China trade clash: graphite

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    In December, China implemented new export controls on graphite, further compounding trade tensions with the United States and other Western nations. This decision reinforces concerns over the fragility of the West's over-reliance on import monopolies and serves to intensify the ongoing search for alternative sources that would otherwise have been considered economically unattractive. Outside of its use in electric vehicle batteries, an application that is rocketing its...

  • Redwood employees dismantling end-of-life EV batteries.

    Toyota to use recycled Redwood materials

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Future product will comprise 20% recycled nickel, 20% lithium, 50% cobalt, and 100% copper for world's most sustainable EV battery. Last year, Redwood Materials Inc. partnered with Toyota Motor North America to create a closed-loop solution for electric vehicle batteries. Initially focused on the collection, testing, and recycling of Toyota hybrid EV batteries, the companies recently announced the next stage in their collaboration – utilizing Redwood's recycled materials as p...

  • Piles of shredded metals to be used in recycling.

    Recycling key to U.S. critical minerals

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 26, 2023

    The growing list of critical minerals and conflict elements like cobalt are drawing intense focus and demand for alternative sources. Investors and consumers are increasingly focused on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials, provenance, and indirect emissions of these supply chains. If done right, prioritizing urban mining – specifically moving recycled materials upstream in supply chains – could provide cheaper domestic supply with a lower emissions foo...

  • Picture of Redux Recycling’s plant on the shore of Bremerhaven.

    Redwood spreads roots to European market

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Following up on plans to spread its roots into the world's fastest-growing electric vehicle market, Redwood Materials Inc. has acquired the leading European Union battery recycler, Redux Recycling GmbH. Located in Bremerhaven, on Germany's North Sea coast, Redux Recycling's facility is equipped to recycle up to 10,000 metric tons of lithium-ion batteries with a variety of chemistries. Centrally located within Europe and near the distribution center of the Bremerhaven Port,...

  • DOE organization ReCell Center displays all battery materials.

    Urban mining to provide for critical deficit

    A.J. Roan, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 26, 2023

    Critical minerals can be recycled from decades of e-waste The necessity of reclaiming waste as a means to curb the seemingly impossible material requirements of a renewable future is fostering a different kind of industry – urban mining. "When you're in the renewable energy space, you've got to think through the whole lifecycle – where will EV and lithium-ion batteries go when they are no longer useful? It can't be to a landfill. That's not responsible," said Graphite One Pres... Full story

  • A 3D rendering of a future Redwood Materials facility.

    Strong Redwood attracts $1B investment

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Sep 19, 2023

    From a small sprout to a mighty tree, Redwood Materials Inc. may share its roots with the Tree of Tesla but has grown into a pillar of stability in the realm of recycling amidst a time when electric vehicle battery materials are becoming increasingly difficult to source. This battery and e-waste startup's vision of creating a domestic supply through recycling has drawn nearly $2 billion in new investment to expand its operations in the U.S., spreading its own "Sequoian" roots...

  • Blue-colored lithium brine fills square holes cut into white salt flats.

    The 'white gold' rush for lithium

    K. Warner, For Data Mine North|Updated Sep 11, 2023

    Lithium is an indispensable element in the clean energy transition for several key reasons; like all alkaline metals on the periodic table, it has one more electron than it strictly needs, and this tendency to shed electrons makes it well-suited for passing them back and forth between cathode and anode, charging and discharging thousands of times without degradation. Pure lithium does not occur in nature, but traces are found throughout nearly all igneous rocks, mineral... Full story

  • 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

  • Golden Gate Bridge disappears into low clouds over San Francisco Bay.

    Bridging the US battery supply chain chasm

    Shane Lasley, Data Mine North|Updated Sep 11, 2023

    There is nearly a $1 trillion chasm between where the United States' lithium battery supply chain is today and where it needs to be by 2035 in order to build the envisioned green energy future where electric vehicles are charged with low-carbon energy. Roughly 40% of this investment will need to go toward ensuring there is a plentiful supply of cobalt, graphite, lithium, nickel, and other battery materials. Simon Moores, CEO of Benchmark Mineral Intelligence and one of the... Full story

  • Refined powders from recycled lithium-batteries from Redwood Materials.

    Toyota pairs with Redwood for EV batteries

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

    As part of its commitment to reduce its environmental footprint and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, Toyota Motor North America is collaborating with Redwood Materials Inc. to create a sustainable, closed-loop battery ecosystem for its electrified powertrains. Toward this goal, Toyota and Redwood will explore a series of end-of-life battery solutions for Toyota's proposed battery ecosystem. The mission focuses not only on the collection, testing, and recycling of batteries...

  • Pile of electronic devices to be recycled at Redwood facility.

    Volkswagen to add Redwood bins to dealers

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

    After partnering together mid-2022, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., has expanded its existing collaboration with Redwood Materials Inc. by adding Redwood recycling bins at participating Volkswagen dealerships to conveniently recycle rechargeable devices or lithium-ion batteries. "Volkswagen's goal is to provide more accessible and more sustainable electric mobility for American drivers," said Andrew Savvas, executive vice president, chief sales and marketing officer,... Full story

  • Redwood cinches US Battery Belt campus

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Feb 9, 2023

    As recycling becomes more prominent in the restructuring of basically everything toward decarbonization and electrification, Redwood Materials Inc. announced its biggest move yet, a new battery materials campus in the heart of the "Battery Belt" just outside Charleston, South Carolina. Currently, anode and cathode components are not produced in North America, and battery cell manufacturers must source them via a 50,000-mile-plus global supply chain. As a result, U.S. battery... Full story

  • Rows of unblemished Panasonic double AA batteries.

    Redwood materials for Panasonic US plant

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 15, 2022

    Cathode supply deal follows seal of approval from Argonne National Laboratory. Helping to offset the imbalance of demand to resources, battery recycler Redwood Materials Inc. will supply Panasonic cathode material for lithium-ion battery cell production at the electronic powerhouse's new Kansas plant, which is slated to begin production in 2025, marking the first time this material will be produced in North America at gigafactory scale. It is projected that in the next...

  • An old VW minivan parked inside a tunnel of a Redwood tree.

    VW plants seed for Redwood EV recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 19, 2022

    Redwood Materials Inc. has partnered with yet another auto giant, Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., to create a new circular supply chain for recycled Volkswagen and Audi electric vehicle batteries in the United States. After announcing a partnership with Toyota Motor North America in late June, it was not long before Volkswagen – which has already been taking steps to prepare for its end-of-life EV batteries for some time now – sought the California battery recycler to loc...

  • Redwood Materials Tesla co-founder JB Straubel EV battery recycling EU US mining

    The American giant of battery recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2022

    Redwood Materials Inc., an American battery recycling company that has been quietly prepping for an energy transition before it became a well-circulated buzzword, has already begun its own transition to the European market. Founded in 2017 by Tesla co-founder JB Straubel, this forward-thinking recycling company has rapidly climbed to a valuation of $3.8 billion as of September 2021. In a recent interview, Associated Press journalist Tom Krishner asked Straubel whether Redwood... Full story

  • General Motors GM sources domestic United States supplies of battery materials

    Domestic mining key to Biden EV strategy

    Shane Lasley, Metal Tech News|Updated Dec 15, 2021

    While laying out an action plan to establish the national network of electric vehicle charging stations needed to keep pace with its ambitious goal of 50% of all vehicles sold in the United States being electric by 2030, the Biden administration reiterated that domestic battery manufacturing and critical minerals supplies are key aspects of the overall EV strategy. The White House is backing up this commitment to domestic battery supply chains with roughly $20 billion in loan... Full story