American Manganese is developing a recycling process for Li-ion batteries, and processing partner Kemetco Research has begun processing a sample of cathode scrap material at the company’s pilot plant.
The pilot plant will operate in five stages:
- Pre-treatment of cathode material
- Leach of active material
- Recovery of base metals (e.g., nickel, cobalt, manganese)
- Lithium recovery and water recycle
American Manganese CEO Larry Reaugh said, “This is a great milestone for the company as we work towards a complete lithium-ion battery recycling process. The company is also anticipating an official US patent number for its recently approved patent application.”
Source: American Manganese