Doug Cole’s Monthly Update: August 2021
Nearly 250,000 acres of forest land has burned in the Dixie fire northwest of Reno, Nevada and smoke from the fire is nearing ‘very unhealthy to hazardous’ levels. One of our employees faced evacuation from their home and several others have been impacted by low air quality. Scientists have found linkages between extreme weather-related natural disasters, like forest fires, and climate change. ABTC’s commitment to supporting climate-forward, low-impact, environmentally superior battery metal recycling and extraction technologies is critical to driving vehicle electrification in the US and globally, and to mitigating climate change and the potential risks for increased forest fires.
Powering Forward: Our Pilot Plant
We are excited to share that the City of Fernley, Nevada has approved the mass grading permit for the Pilot Plant, putting ourselves one step closer to the start of construction. The next step prior to beginning the construction phase is the approval of the core and shell permit, and this permit application was submitted to the City of Fernley on July 23. Once the core and shell building permit is approved by the city, we will begin the construction phase starting with mobilizing contractors.
Visit our Pilot Plant webpage for updates regarding key milestones and progress, site work, construction, equipment installation, system commissioning, and more.
Powering Up: Progressing our Industry Through Policy Advocacy
I am deeply proud of our team’s continued work in the policy advocacy space – both through our own efforts and in collaboration with our partner organizations. Enhanced by the recent addition of Doug Hamilton, our policy and business development team has been engaged with government officials throughout this process, discussing the importance of the domestic battery minerals supply chain – for both people and planet – and how legislation can have a positive impact on these efforts. We are grateful for the support of various elected officials in these efforts. Nevada Senator Cortez Masto was influential in the inclusion of the Battery Act in this infrastructure package, advocating for $6 billion in funding to promote battery manufacturing and recycling projects. ABTC will continue to meet with elected officials to discuss Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) reforms and other upcoming legislation.
We are also keeping close tabs on the bipartisan infrastructure bill – a $1.2 trillion federal investment in America’s infrastructure. Although a Senate vote is still pending and the legislation will continue to evolve, we are encouraged by many of the provisions thus far related to clean energy space and battery materials in particular.
Powering Within: Meet our Andrés Meza, ABTC’s New COO
Andrés Meza joined the organization as the new Chief Operating Officer, playing a key role in helping ABTC grow as it pivots towards the future. From product development to supply chain management, Meza is a trailblazer in organizational transformations – working across multiple industries to envision, construct and implement effective strategies and processes.
Andrés joins ABTC after working as the vice president of Transform Capital Group – a private equity firm that helps startups refine and enhance their operations – and also previously held prominent positions at Apple, McKinsey & Company, Coin, Georgia-Pacific, and Danaher. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas.
We are thrilled to welcome Andrés to the team. His wealth of knowledge in proven organizational leadership and effective strategy implementation will strengthen our team as we cultivate, scale and expand our business moving forward.
Keeping all of those impacted by the forest fires in my thoughts.
Doug Cole, CEO
American Battery Technology Company