American Battery Technology (ABTC) has announced the commencement of operations at its lithium-ion battery recycling facility, strategically located in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) in McCarran, Nevada.
This cutting-edge facility features ABTC’s integrated battery recycling system, employing a unique de-manufacturing and targeted chemical extraction process to recover battery materials efficiently. The approach ensures high yields, cost-effectiveness, and a significantly reduced environmental footprint compared to conventional battery recycling methods.
In contrast to conventional approaches that often involve high-temperature furnaces and non-strategic shredding or grinding systems, ABTC’s innovative system focuses on efficient separation, recovery, and purification of high-value, battery-grade products. The result is a process that offers both cost efficiencies and a substantially reduced environmental impact.
The Nevada-based facility boasts an impressive processing capacity, capable of handling over 20,000 metric tonnes of battery feedstock materials annually once fully operational. In this initial phase, the facility will process these materials into a range of recycled products, including copper, aluminum, steel, lithium intermediate, and a black mass intermediate material. These recycled products will be made available through a strategic marketing agreement with global metals trader TechMet-Mercuria.
The subsequent phase of this integrated recycling facility will witness further refinement of the lithium intermediate into a battery-grade lithium hydroxide product. Additionally, the black mass intermediate material will undergo further processing, resulting in battery-grade nickel, cobalt, manganese, and lithium hydroxide products.
ABTC’s operational launch represents a major stride forward in the sustainable management and recycling of lithium-ion batteries, supporting the growing demand for eco-friendly solutions and contributing to a more sustainable future.