One of the Largest Lithium Deposits in the US Identified at ABTC Tonopah Flats Lithium Project
Third-party audited analysis estimates inferred resource of 15.8 million tons of lithium carbonate equivalent
ABTC Awarded U.S. Department of Energy Grant to Construct First-of-Kind, Commercial-Scale Facility to Manufacture Battery Grade Lithium Hydroxide
Supports Expanded Domestic Production and Supply of Battery Metals.
ABTC to Lead Commercialization of NextGen Battery Recycling Technologies in Collaboration Funded by DOE Grant Award
Funding directly supports further accelerated development and commercialization of advanced battery recycling techniques for greater economic competitiveness, increased reduction of environmental impact, and increased product recovery processes.
Powering the Future of Sustainable Energy
Status quo is the enemy. Collectively, we must challenge convention, and create better solutions that consider our plant and our people.
Battery Metals Supply Challenges
There is rapid growth in the demand for lithium-ion batteries that power our vehicles, stationary grid storage systems, and consumer electronics. While the domestic US manufacturing capacities of end-use-products like electric vehicles and of lithium-ion battery cells have grown rapidly in the US in recent years, the upstream domestic production capacities of the battery metals that supply these operations has not kept pace. This has led to three paramount challenges:
① Security of Supply: less than 1% of the global manufacturing capacity of each of the primary battery metals (lithium, nickel, cobalt, and manganese) is currently within the US. The federal government considers all four minerals to be “essential to the economic or national security of the US.”
② Cost of Supply: the cost of manufacturing and importing battery metals has grown rapidly over recent years as demand has grown at a far faster pace than new supply can enter the market.
③ Environmental Impact of Supply: conventional methods of mining battery metals can result in the emission of large amounts of greenhouse gases, air pollutants, and contaminated water and soil.
ABTC is an advanced technology, first-mover lithium-ion battery recycling and primary battery metal extraction company that utilizes internally developed proprietary technologies to produce domestically-sourced battery grade critical and strategic metals at substantially lower cost and lower environmental impact than current conventionally sourced battery metals.
We’ve Got It All
Recycling, Novel Extraction Technologies, and Primary Resource Development
No other battery technology company is solving the challenge of meeting the soaring demand for battery metals like ABTC. Our comprehensive, integrated business model includes three diversified business units under one roof. We are uniquely positioned to increase the domestic US production of battery metals while ensuring that these materials are returned to the manufacturing supply chain in a closed-loop fashion.
Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling
ABTC has developed a universal lithium-ion battery recycling system that separates and recovers each individual elemental metal, including lithium, cobalt, nickel, and manganese from end-of-life batteries including consumer electronics, stationary storage applications, and electric vehicles, as well as from defects and waste from battery manufacturing facilities.
Primary Metals Manufacturing
At our Research Development Center, located at the University of Nevada Reno’s Nevada Center for Applied Research (NCAR) and within the cleantech incubator Greentown Labs, our team of in-house scientists develop and evolve our extraction technologies.
Primary Resource Development
We are designing an internally-developed processing train for the manufacturing of battery cathode grade lithium hydroxide from our Nevada-based sedimentary claystone resources near Tonopah. Our novel method allows for significantly lower consumption of acid, lower levels of contaminants in generated leach liquor, and lower overall costs of production.
Powering the Future of Sustainable Energy
We are an American-owned company based in Nevada that is meeting the soaring global demand for lithium-ion battery resources with a complete lifecycle approach.
Not all battery metal recycling processes are inherently beneficial to the environment and not all mining is detrimental. With our innovative technologies based on stewardship, the extraction of battery metals can be achieved with lower environmental and social impacts.
Fact: In the United States, there are not enough chemical producers in operation to meet existing or future market needs. To meet demand, this segment must quickly grow in the short term, at an estimated rate of 35-40% between now and 2025.
Reinforcing a Circular New Energy Economy
The majority of end-of-life batteries are currently treated as waste rather than as a valuable battery material resource. Battery metals do not degrade when recycled, so they can be recycled indefinitely. The recovery and recycling of battery metals conserves natural resources, creates a renewable energy source, lessens the need to mine for virgin resources, and decreases single-use material ending up in landfills.
Fact: Demand for battery metals is set to grow almost 600% through 2030. (BloombergNEF Battery Metals Outlook)
Transitioning to Electrification
As part of the global transition from carbon-based energy dependence to an emission-free energy economy, an insatiable demand for lithium-ion batteries that power our vehicles, stationary grid storage systems, and consumer electronics is occurring. Domestic US manufacturing capacities of end-use-products like electric vehicles, energy storage, and consumer devices and of lithium-ion battery cells have grown rapidly in the US in recent years, yet domestic production capacities of the battery metals that supply these operations have not kept pace.
Fact: Global Electric vehicles sales projected to grow by over 3,500% by 2040. (BloombergNEF EV Outlook 2020)
Creating New Domestic Supply
With domestic industry expertise and assets across the battery metals supply chain, we are positioned to drive the US domestic supply of strategic materials. Our in-house technology development and innovative recycling processes directly support the nation’s efforts to reduce dependence on foreign sources of critical battery materials that may not adhere to ethical and environmental standards for metals sourcing and manufacturing.
Fact: It is estimated that less than 1% of each of the critical and strategic battery metals (lithium, nickel, cobalt, and manganese) produced globally in 2020 were produced in the US. (US Geological Survey, Mineral Commodity Summaries 2020 Report)
Who We Are
American Battery Technology Company is uniquely positioned to supply low-cost, low-environmental impact, domestically-sourced battery metals through its three divisions: lithium-ion battery recycling, primary battery metal manufacturing technologies, and primary resources development.
American Battery Technology Company has built a clean technology platform that is used to provide a key source of domestically manufactured critical and strategic battery metals to help meet the near insatiable demand from the electric vehicle, electrical grid storage, and consumer electronics industries. This ESG-principled platform contributes to a closed-loop circular economy for battery metals that champions ethical and environmentally sustainable sourcing of critical and strategic materials.
At ABTC, we believe collaboration up and down the supply chain is the way to create a closed-loop, sustainable economy.