American Battery Technology Company awarded $2m USABC recycling project contract

by Michael Green
CEO and CTO of ABTC, Ryan Melsert, at Greentown Labs in Massachusetts, where ABTC is a member company. Photo: Greentown Labs
The United States Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) has awarded a $2m (£1.5m) lithium-ion recycling development contract to Nevada-based American Battery Technology Company (ABTC).

The contract, which includes a 75% cost share by the ABTC-led project team, will fund a 30-month project – to demonstrate a scaled, fully-domestic, integrated processing cycle for the universal recycling of Li-ion batteries, in coordination with partners in the battery supply chain.

ABTC said the focus of the programme will be a commercial demonstration of how battery grade metals can be manufactured from recycled materials at "lower cost, lower environmental impact, and with higher domestic US sourced content than conventional virgin sourced metals”.
The CEO of ABTC, Ryan Melsert, said: "While the domestic manufacturing capacities of electric vehicles and of lithium-ion battery cells have grown rapidly in the US in recent years, unfortunately the domestic production capacities of the battery metals that supply these operations have not kept pace.”

'Circular economy'

"The establishment of a commercial scale domestic US battery recycling industry can address these challenges and produce each of the battery metals required to supply new manufacturing operations,” Melsert said.

"Through this demonstration, ABTC will work together with such highly respected industry leaders to demonstrate a low-cost, low-environmental impact, integrated lithium-ion battery manufacturing supply chain to enable a true closed-loop domestic circular economy.”

The contract is ABTC’s first with USABC, which is a subsidiary of the United States Council for Automotive Research and which works in cooperation with the US Department of Energy.

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