Lead battery recycler Aqua Metals forms global partnership with BASF

by John Shepherd
Partners to explore 'increased equipment longevity' for AquaRefining. Photo: Aqua Metals
German multinational chemical company BASF is to be the preferred supplier of electrolyte to US lead-acid battery recycler Aqua Metals – under a partnership that will include global commercial cooperation.

Aqua Metals said today the companies will also "explore technical enhancements to further improve the electrolyte formulations” for improved performance and "increased equipment longevity” of its novel AquaRefining process.

Under the partnership, BASF will provide the initial supply of Aqua Metals’ electrolyte for all new licensee facilities and will be the preferred supplier partner to all licensees for ongoing electrolyte needs.

Each company will offer its customers an "integrated solution” – with BASF offering AquaRefining to its existing and prospective battery recycling clients and Aqua Metals incorporating BASF product into every initial deployment and system fill.

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Aqua Metals president and CEO Steve Cotton said: "We chose BASF due to their commitment to industry leading standards and track record of delivering high quality products.”

Last September, Aqua Metals put its McCarran plant in Nevada up for sale, as part of a planned non-core asset disposition to "accelerate" work towards taking its novel AquaRefining technology to market.

Meanwhile, BASF is developing a cathode active materials plant, south of Berlin, which is scheduled to start operations in 2022 and to become a key component of Europe’s battery materials market.

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