Our Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Pilot Plant is an entirely new construction consisting of three functional building areas totaling approximately 100,000 square feet of floor space with 60,000 square feet dedicated to production. The new building spaces in Fernley, Nevada include a production building, an office building with laboratories, and a finished goods warehouse. We are also planning to build a universal waste storage facility in Fernley, and a hazardous waste storage facility in nearby McCarran, Nevada in Storey County at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center.
American Battery Technology Company received a $2 million contract award from the United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, for the commercial demonstration of its integrated lithium-ion battery recycling system and production of battery cathode grade metal products, the synthesis of high energy density active cathode material from these recycled battery metals by cathode producer and lithium-ion battery recycler BASF, and then the fabrication of large format automotive battery cells from these recycled materials and the testing of these cells against otherwise identical cells made from virgin sourced metals by cell technology developer C4V.
For the past two years, ABTC has been designing and optimizing its internally developed processing train for the manufacturing of battery cathode grade lithium hydroxide from Nevada-based sedimentary claystone resources. The majority of these development efforts to date have been performed with sedimentary claystone resource samples provided by partner companies in the Tonopah, Nevada region. While ABTC will continue to work with these partners to refine, test, and validate its internally developed technologies, ABTC is also evaluating the performance of its lithium extraction and manufacturing technologies directly on its own lithium-bearing resource, the Tonopah Flats Lithium Exploration Project.
One of the latest companies to further their partnership with the University of Nevada Reno’s Nevada Center for Applied Research (NCAR) and locate its research and development on campus is American Battery Technology Company. NCAR provides industry and entrepreneurs with access to the University’s advanced facilities, equipment, and expertise. In the case of ABTC, the partnership is poised to advance battery metal extraction technologies from Nevada-based primary resources and technologies for the recycling of lithium-ion batteries.
In 2019, BASF, one of the largest cathode manufacturers in North America, hosted a global competition in partnership with Greentown Labs to identify the most promising lithium-ion battery recycling technologies in the world. Among 100 applications from 20 different countries, ABTC was selected as sole winner of the Battery Recycling Circularity Challenge. The Circularity Challenge intends to advance innovative ideas to disrupt the plastics, energy storage, and recycling value chains to enable a circular economy.
As part of this opportunity, ABTC occupies wet chemistry laboratory space, free of charge, from Greentown Labs, which is the largest clean technology incubator in North America.