Canada supports RecycLiCo pilot in Italy
NRC to help fund AMY-Italvolt battery cathode recycling plant Metal Tech News - August 18, 2021
Last updated 8/31/2021 at 3:12pm
American Manganese Inc.'s efforts to develop a cathode recycling facility alongside Italvolt's lithium-ion battery gigafactory in Italy is being bolstered by advisory services and funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program.
Earlier this year, American Manganese announced it had entered into an agreement to collaborate on the development of a facility that will utilize American Manganese's patented RecycLiCo process to recycle waste lithium-ion battery cathode material at a 45 gigawatt-hour lithium-ion battery factory Italvolt is building in Scarmagno, a northern Italian town about 65 miles west of Milan.
In collaboration with Italvolt, American Manganese will model, commission, and test a lithium-ion battery cathode material recycling demonstration plant to include continuous operation with specific cathode waste processing objectives, such as capacity, extraction efficiency, and material purity.
"The collaboration with American Manganese is about to significantly accelerate our goals to become fully sustainable battery manufacturer," said Italvolt CEO Lars Carlstrom. "We are very impressed with the innovation and skills the collaboration can add to Italvolt, the circular economy is no longer just a vision it's about to become a reality, AMY will set new standards for the industry and we at Italvolt are very proud to be a part of this project."
NRC IRAP's Fast Pilot in Foreign Markets program, which is designed to help innovative Canadian small and medium-sized businesses overcome barriers to global market entry and facilitate direct adoption of technology in foreign markets, is supporting this international pilot project.
"Lithium-ion battery waste is a global concern, and we are thankful for the FPFM program and the opportunity to collaborate with Italvolt and validate our RecycLiCo process to the global market," said American Manganese President and CEO Larry Reaugh. "We are extremely pleased with the support from NRC IRAP."