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  • Infograph of battery collection points at Batteries Plus and Staples.

    DOE funds nationwide battery recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 12, 2024

    $14 million initiative will establish more than 1,000 collection points for recycling batteries and electronic devices across the U.S. In an effort to enhance the sustainability of domestic supply chains and reduce e-waste, the U.S. Department of Energy has launched a $14 million initiative to establish more than 1,000 battery recycling collection points for used batteries at Batteries Plus and Staples stores across the nation. "At DOE we're excited to help create a circular,... Full story

  • ABTC workers overlooking production at recycling facility.

    IRS grants $40M in tax credits to ABTC

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Evaluation conducted by DOE finds American Battery Technology Company prime candidate to build another recycling facility in U.S. Having earned an initial $20 million tax credit award under the Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Tax Credit, otherwise known as 48C, American Battery Technology Company has been selected for an additional $40.5 million to support the design and construction of a new, next-generation commercial battery recycling facility within the United States....

  • Company names listed beside each other on photos that pertain to each company.

    Redwood adds GM to list of recyclers

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Will now recycle Ultium cells for approximately 10,000 metric tons of material a year. Following suit as other vehicle manufacturers like Ford, Toyota, and Volkswagen, General Motors has seen the potential of the battery recycling capabilities of Redwood Materials Inc. and has announced a partnership with the Nevada-based recycling company. Working with Ultium Cells LLC – a joint battery cell manufacturing venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution – Redwood will re...

  • Artistic rendering of metals being dissolved in a glass jar.

    Organic solvents for urban metal mining

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Researchers develop increasingly sustainable methods for dissolving precious metals like gold, silver and copper from recycled e-waste. With a surprising assortment of solvents you can pick up at the local store, researchers at the University of Helsinki have developed sustainable dissolution methods that have successfully extracted gold, silver, and copper from e-waste. The massive amount of unrecycled waste from computers, printers and cell phones, video game consoles, TVs,...

  • An aerial photo of Solvay’s La Rochelle rare earths hub in France.

    Cyclic finalizes rMREO offtake with Solvay

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Joint effort aims to bolster Europe's rare earth supply through sustainable recycling. Marking a significant stride toward a sustainable rare earth supply chain, Solvay SA and Cyclic Materials Inc. announced the finalization of a supply agreement for recycled mixed rare earth oxides aimed at enhancing European self-sufficiency for this suite of technology metals. Founded in 2021, Canada-based Cyclic Materials has been pioneering a sustainable approach to rare earths and...

  • Close-up of an electric vehicle charging station with car in background.

    Merger fuels metal recycling expansion

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jul 11, 2024

    Merger aims to boost recycling capabilities, enhance the supply chain with critical metals, and drive growth in the electrified economy. Marking a pivotal step toward enhancing the electrified economy, American Resources Corp.'s subsidiary, American Metals LLC, has inked a definitive business combination agreement with AI Transportation Acquisition Corp. American Metals has evolved into a dynamic arm of American Resources Corp., a multifaceted company now spearheading sectors...

  • Aerial photo of Founders Park at Purdue University.

    Purdue expands patent rights for ReElement

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

    Will now extend capability for all feedstocks including rare earth ores. Purdue University has expanded ReElement Technologies Corp.'s exclusive use of the patents for ligand assisted displacement (LAD) chromatography and knowhow for all feedstocks to now include rare earth ores. When ReElement first began to employ the unique technology developed at Purdue, its license covered critical minerals from recycled permanent magnets and lithium-ion batteries, and was capable of...

  • Illustration of Little Miss Muffet in front of e-waste with a bowl of gold.

    Gold's latest big cheese in urban mining

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated May 3, 2024
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    An efficient e-waste recycling process is made possible by whey, a byproduct of cheesemaking. Scientists in Switzerland have recovered high-purity gold through a scalable process using food scrap-derived sponges that efficiently adsorb the precious metal from tricky e-waste. The final result is 450 milligrams of 22-carat gold recovered from 20 discarded motherboards. Because the method utilizes industry byproducts, it is doubly sustainable and cost-effective as well. Gold...

  • A gold plate labeled Umicore on a pile of gold nuggets.

    Unique recycled precious metals guarantee

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 25, 2024

    Belgian precious metals recycler Umicore unveils Nexyclus certifications, a green guarantee at every step of its process. Leveraging the might of its precious metals refining and jewelry and industrial metals capabilities, Umicore SA has launched Nexyclus to address resource scarcity and the increased demand for recycled, responsibly sourced and low-carbon metals. Based out of Belgium, Umicore is a multinational materials technology firm that was formed through the merger of...

  • A barren landscape with a tree growing at its center,

    Regeneration and Cobalt Blue address waste

    K. Warner, Metal Tech News|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    Partnership addresses various options to create value in mining waste through remining and restoration. Regeneration Enterprises and Cobalt Blue have partnered up to tackle the growing inventory of legacy mine sites and waste. The partnership's projects are expected to transform these sites into ecological assets by producing much-needed green energy minerals through climate-positive means. The focus is on identifying new value in waste by remining and restoring sites,... Full story

  • Wind turbines and solar panels seen with a sunset.

    ReElement to recycle EDPR wind turbines

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Rare earths recycling partnership is first of many that begins process of a circular economy. Striving toward a truly circular system in the recovery of rare earth elements, ReElement Technologies Corp. announced a partnership with EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) to maximize efficiency and sustainability in recycling neodymium-based permanent magnets from decommissioned wind turbines into magnet-grade REEs. The collaboration will leverage the wind energy expertise of...

  • A bin full of retired CPUs from old laptops or computers.

    DOE offers E-SCRAP prize for recycling

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Mar 20, 2024

    Seeks innovation in recovering untapped multi-billion-dollar electronic scrap industry in America. Organizing an engaging competition to spur recycling of critical materials from electronic scrap, the U.S. Department of Energy launched its Electronics Scrap Recycling Advancement Prize (E-SCRAP), which will award up to $4 million for winning competitors. Including mobile phones, home appliances, medical or office equipment and essentially any other consumer technology powered...

  • 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...

  • Lithium-ion batteries with Neocarbonix branding on the label.

    Nanoramic collab with RecycLiCo a success

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

    Following a recent strategic collaboration at the beginning of August, RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. and Nanoramic Laboratories announced the results of their testing, demonstrating both companies' technologies can be used to support the goal of optimizing the complete life cycle of lithium-ion batteries. With Nanoramic contributing its Neocarbonix lithium-ion battery electrodes and RecycLiCo providing its proprietary lithium-ion battery recycling process, the...

  • 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...

  • City of Oi in Fukui, Japan, with majestic Mt. Fuji in the background.

    ReElement forms JV for Japan refinery

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

    While enjoying local government support for establishing a battery materials recycling facility in Indiana, American Resources Corp.'s ReElement Technologies Corp. aims for over the land and across the sea as it announced a joint venture partnership with JHUT LLC to establish ReElement Technology Japan. "Over the course of the last year, we have had the opportunity to collaborate and strategize on a partnership with the JHUT team, and we are excited that we have come to an agr...

  • Aerial of the Rochester Hub being constructed in New York.

    Inflation squeezes Li-Cycle recycling hub

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 23, 2023

    In spite of the growing need for domestic supplies of critical battery materials to power zero-carbon energy technologies, Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. announced a pause in construction of its planned Rochester recycling hub due to escalating costs the U.S. is presently facing. Established in Ontario, Canada, Li-Cycle has developed a method to safely and sustainably recycle spent lithium-ion batteries with its unique proprietary solvent extraction process that will be employed via...

  • Vehicles parked in front of the former RCA Thomson plant.

    ReElement receives $44.9M Indiana bond

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 23, 2023

    Hoping to reinvigorate its area and promote economic growth in the form of next-generation battery manufacturing, the city of Marion, Indiana, has issued $44.9 million in incentives for American Resources Corp. to construct its state-of-the-art commercial-scale lithium, critical minerals, and rare earth elements refining facility utilizing its ReElement chromatography technology. American Resources subsidiary ReElement Technologies carefully analyzed and examined several...

  • DOE’s ReCell Center displays the simple parts of a shredded battery.

    DOE funds national collab for batteries

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

    As part of its Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office, the Department of Energy announced the selection of eight projects to receive a combined $2 million to drive innovation in lithium-ion battery rejuvenation, recycling, and reuse for the future of clean energy. Administered through the ReCell Center at Argonne National Laboratory, AMMTO will form cooperative research and development agreements between national labs and industry partners to perform...

  • A lump of lithium-ion battery scrap to be processed by BASF and TODA.

    ABTC joins BASF closed-loop battery team

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 3, 2023

    With significant funding from the Department of Energy toward its Tonopah Flats lithium project, visits from representatives from the White House, and a partnership with TechMet-Mercuria, American Battery Technology Company has added yet another milestone to its skyrocketing success – a new agreement with German chemical giant BASF to develop a regional closed-loop solution for lithium-ion battery recycling for the North American market. "The establishment of a true closed-loo...

  • ABTC employee inspecting recycled battery powders.

    ABTC, TechMet-Mercuria forge partnership

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Aug 22, 2023

    To further leverage its lithium-ion battery recycling expertise, American Battery Technology Company has entered into a strategic partnership with technology metals managing platform TechMet-Mercuria, which includes the manufacturing, sales, and marketing of ABTC-produced recycled metal products and a non-dilutive investment into the company for up to $20 million through the pre-purchase of future recycled battery metal products. TechMet-Mercuria SA is a Switzerland-based...

  • Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Senator Mark Kelly at Arizona Spoke.

    DOE secretary, senator visit Arizona Spoke

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

    Following recent visits by heads of state such as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to its lithium-ion battery recycling plant in Ontario, Li-Cycle Holdings Corp. welcomed U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly to a similar spoke facility in Gilbert, Arizona. "The Biden-Harris administration has a vision for a clean energy economy that is powered by American workers, innovators, and...

  • Gisele Azimi and Kevin Zhang pose for photo holding recovered REEs.

    Liquid CO2 to work for clean REE recovery

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

    A team of researchers out of the University of Toronto has pioneered a method of separating critical minerals and metals from electronic waste, such as electric vehicle batteries and wind turbine magnets, by using captured carbon dioxide and a little pressure to provide the critical materials needed for a zero-carbon future. While conventional rare earth ores typically contain 1 to 2% of these tech metals, recycling electronic waste provides an efficient avenue to obtain...

  • The word recycle stamped in all capital letters on tarnished steel blocks.

    First recycled metals market launched

    K. Warner, For Metal Tech News|Updated Jun 20, 2023

    In the next five years, the recycling industry is expected to repurpose an average of 400 million tons of scrap metal annually, growing at an unprecedented rate due to the spread of industrialization and concerns over environmental sustainability. Yet, the lack of a globally accepted and standardized authentication system has hampered the accuracy of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting and has made it challenging to support the value of high-quality...

  • A pile of metal scrap and waste for recycling.

    US recycling tech gets boost in funding

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

    The U.S. Department of Defense has developed the Materials Recovery Technologies for Defense Supply Resiliency initiative in support of President Biden's 2021 directive to identify and address risks in the supply chain for critical minerals. The project is being run through Army Research Labs as a multi-year and multimillion-dollar international collaborative partnership between seven universities and five industry participants including Gopher Resource, the founding member...

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