Li-Cycle to open up lithium battery recycling center in Phoenix

Apr 14, 2021 08:01 PM ET
  • Lithium battery recycler Li-Cycle Corp. will certainly build its third industrial lithium-ion battery recycling facility in The United States and Canada, to be found in Gilbert, Arizona, within the Phoenix metropolitan area. It will join Li-Cycle's existing centers in Rochester, New York, as well as Kingston, Ontario
Li-Cycle to open up lithium battery recycling center in Phoenix

When total, Li-Cycle's "Spoke 3" center will certainly can refining approximately 10,000 tonnes of end-of-life batteries and also battery manufacturing scrap per year, bringing Li-Cycle's total recycling ability to 20,000 tonnes per year. The building of Spoke 3 builds on Li-Cycle's roadmap to construct 20 Spokes globally over the next 5 years. The Phoenix metropolitan area is located close to Li-Cycle's existing battery supply network, along with being at the nexus of where there will be continued development in the amount of lithium-ion batteries available for recycling.

" When completed, our latest Spoke center will certainly include significant recycling capability to Li-Cycle, tactically increasing the geographic footprint of our closed-loop service for recycling lithium-ion battery products," claimed Tim Johnston, Co-Founder as well as Executive Chairman of Li-Cycle. "Our Arizona Spoke will certainly have 2 5,000-tonne handling lines, efficiently doubling our overall recycling ability in North America. It will certainly likewise be engineered to straight process full electrical automobile packs with no taking apart. Spoke 3 will note an additional important landmark as we continue to carry out on our international development plans as well as range our lasting, secure and also innovative Spoke & Hub Technologies."

Li-Cycle's Spokes convert battery manufacturing scrap and also end-of-life batteries into intermediate products, consisting of "black mass," a powder compound which contains a selection of metals, consisting of lithium, cobalt and also nickel. The Spokes will provide black mass to Li-Cycle's future North American Hub, which is currently in late-stage advancement in Rochester, New York. The North American Hub will certainly process black mass with a hydrometallurgical circuit to produce important, battery-grade products, including lithium carbonate, cobalt sulphate as well as nickel sulphate, as well as other recycled materials that can be returned to the economy. Li-Cycle's trademarked Spoke & Hub Technologies minimize the overall ecological impact of the end-to-end resource recovery process, and considerably decrease the strength of greenhouse gas discharges that would otherwise be created from extracting these limited sources.

Spoke & Hub Technologies can attain a healing rate of approximately 95% resource mass recuperation. Tradition recycling innovations have mostly counted on thermal operations, which can release unsafe emissions as well as lead to lower recuperation prices. The business's two-stage battery recycling design allows customers to benefit from a safe and also eco-friendly option for recycling all types of lithium-ion materials.

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