American Manganese plan to recycle batteries alongside Italvolt's gigafactory in Italy

by John Shepherd
Lars Carlstrom (left) with Oliver Jacob, CEO Western Europe of TÜV SÜD.
Canadian battery materials and recycling company, American Manganese (AM), is to develop a commercial recycling plant alongside the Italian gigafactory planned by battery start-up Italvolt.

Italvolt has named Scarmagno, near Turin, as the location for the €4bn (£4.3bn) lithium-ion battery plant – the first phase of which is scheduled for completion in 2024, with an initial annual production capacity of 45 GWh.

The companies said waste battery cathode material will be recycled using AM’s RecycLiCo process, but the cost and size of AM’s facility were not disclosed.

Italvolt founder and CEO Lars Carlstrom said: "We are very excited about the collaboration with American Manganese. We have already initiated the engineering process in order to integrate the recycling plant within the gigafactory.”


"Using the ground-breaking circular technology that they have developed is a big step forward that will allow Italvolt to produce the greenest batteries in the world.”

Meanwhile, Italvolt has signed a letter of intent for testing and certification specialists, TÜV SÜD, to provide technical advisory services including battery testing for the factory.

TÜV SÜD will also support Italvolt with rolling out "technology and production methods”, Carlstrom said.

Italvolt’s batteries plant will have an eventual target annual production capacity of 70 GWh.

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