American Battery Metals Corporation awarded US grant to secure critical materials

by John Shepherd
Chief technical officer Ryan Melsert. Photo: American Battery Metals
The Nevada-based American Battery Metals Corporation (ABMC) has been awarded a $4.5m grant as part of US government efforts to reduce dependence on imported critical materials for energy technologies.

The grant, from the US Department of Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office, is part of a funding programme focused on field validation and demonstration, as well as next-generation extraction, separation, and processing technologies for critical materials.

ABMC, which is in the process of changing its name to the American Battery Technology Company, is an American-owned lithium-ion battery recycling technology and advanced battery metals extraction company with extensive mineral resources in Nevada.

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Company chief technical officer and principal investigator, Ryan Melsert, said the three-year project would "evolve our first-of-kind system design, from bench scale validations to the construction, commissioning, and operation of a multi-ton per day integrated system, that receives lithium-rich claystone material as the feed and manufactures battery cathode specification lithium hydroxide as the product.”

The company said its clean technology platform increases production of primary metals used in the batteries that power electric cars, grid storage applications, consumer electronics and tools. Last year, the company announced the ground-breaking of its lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Fernley, Nevada.

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden’s nominee for energy secretary, Jennifer Granholm, addressed the need to secure US supplies of minerals critical to the battery industry and to reduce reliance on imports, during her Senate confirmation hearing.

Granholm said the US should be "independent” and not "under the thumb of China or other countries”.

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