Ecobat, the global leader in battery recycling, is building its third lithium-ion battery recycling facility and its first in North America.
The new facility, located in Casa Grande, Arizona, will initially produce 10,000 estimated tonnes of recycled material per year, with plans to expand capacity to satisfy the increasing need to recycle lithium-ion batteries.
“We are thrilled to grow our global lithium-ion battery recycling footprint with a new facility in Casa Grande, Arizona,” CEO Marcus Randolph said in a media release.
“This facility, like our lithium-ion battery recycling facilities in Germany and the United Kingdom, represents a significant milestone in Ecobat’s strategy to grow our lithium-ion battery recycling business to a scale, similar to our world-leading lead battery recycling business,” he added.
Ecobat Casa Grande will repurpose lithium-ion batteries reaching end-of-life through diagnostics, sorting, shredding and material separation to produce a concentrated black mass containing the valuable materials in lithium-ion batteries.
It will be located approximately 1.6 km from the existing Ecobat Resources Arizona facility, which has been using state-of-the-art technology and a skilled workforce for 15 years to manufacture anodes. Start-up is expected in the third quarter of this year.
Earlier this month, Ecobat completed the sale of its Stolberg multi-metals processing plant in Germany to global commodities trader Trafigura.