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  • 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...

  • 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-l...

  • 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... Full story

  • 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 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...

  • 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...

  • Four vials of rare earths precipitate after Cyclic Materials’ treatment.

    Cyclic Materials REEs for circular economy

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

    Despite what their name may suggest, the suite of 15 elements known as rare earths is not all that scarce. One thing that is hard to come by, however, is technology up to the difficult task of efficiently separating this suite of tech metals into their lone elements – Cyclic Materials aims to change that. Founded in 2021, Canada-based Cyclic Materials has been working toward creating a sustainable, domestic supply chain for rare earths and other metals through an innovative... Full story

  • 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

  • Geomega technicians monitoring ISR recovery process.

    Federal funds for Geomega REE recycling

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

    With another C$3 million in funding, but this time from the Government of Canada's Critical Minerals Research, Development and Demonstration program, Geomega Resources Inc. is well-financed to continue construction of its magnet recycling demonstration plant to help power the ongoing energy transition. Over a month since it received a C$3 million grant from Canada's Technoclimat Program, Geomega says funding is welcome considering the additional costs arising from the various... Full story

  • Semplastics CEO Bill Easter and Director of R&D Kyle Marcus with Voltage Award.

    Semplastics reveals new DioQuest venture

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

    From its X-MAT subsidiary that turns coal into clean and efficient building materials to its X-BATT subsidiary that recycles spent lithium into new batteries, Semplastics has made a name for itself by reimagining waste streams as useful products. Now, this Florida-based company has added to its ranks an approach that benefits everything across the board. DioQuest, the latest Semplastics enterprise, will employ a patent-pending process aimed at sequestering carbon dioxide and... Full story

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Three Geomega technicians observe REE separation equipment.

    More funding for Geomega recycling tech

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

    Developer of clean technologies for the mining, refining, and recycling of rare earths and other critical materials, Geomega Resources Inc. announced it has been awarded a C$3 million grant from the Technoclimat Program toward the construction of a magnet recycling demonstration plant. "We are very grateful to the Quebec Government for their support of our project," said Geomega Resources President and CEO Kiril Mugerman. "Furthermore, the Quebec Government understands that to...

  • A worker holds a handful of battery metal scrap for recycling.

    RecycLiCo battery cathode material shines

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

    Shortly after signing a memorandum of understanding with Korean electronics manufacturer Sonid Inc., RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. announced that a Korean manufacturer used cathode material upcycled with the RecycLiCo to create battery cells that are comparable to those made with virgin cathode materials. According to RecycLiCo, the unnamed Korean cathode manufacturer reported that the battery cells using its recycling-upcycled nickel-manganese-cobalt oxide (NMC811)...

  • Sonid CEO Choi Si-Myung and RecycLiCo CEO Zarko Meseldzija signing MOU.

    RecycLiCo signs MOU with Korean Sonid

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Jan 10, 2023

    Battery recycling company RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. signed a memorandum of understanding with Korean electronics manufacturer Sonid Inc. signifying the first steps toward a potential commercial joint venture or licensing arrangement of the company's recycling technology. Outlining the strategic partnership and business framework for establishing a lithium-ion battery recycling facility, both companies aim to leverage their strengths for commercial collection, pretreatme...

  • A phone app that shows a diamond being tracked by Everledger technology.

    Everledger, Ford battery passport pilot

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Nov 14, 2022

    To encourage greater transparency in the inevitable battery-powered world, Ford Motor Company has partnered with Everledger to deliver the world's first passport pilot for the responsible recycling of electric vehicle batteries. Founded in 2015, Everledger is an independent technology company that aims to help businesses monitor asset information with various security technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, smart labeling with near field communication (NFC)...

  • Three white lithium-ion batteries beside a green recycling symbol.

    RecycLiCo has closed the loop for lithium

    A.J. Roan, Metal Tech News|Updated Oct 11, 2022

    RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc. announced it has successfully closed the lithium-ion battery supply chain loop with its patented recycling and upcycling process. Closed-loop battery recycling is a method of recycling that aims to re-use all materials from an original discharged battery and re-purpose them into a new version of the same battery. This method also represents an important shift from a linear economy to a circular economy. Using the company's battery-ready...

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