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Li-Cycle opens largest capacity lithium-ion battery recycling facility in North America

Module being unloaded in Rochester, New York.
Module being unloaded in Rochester, New York.

Li-Cycle's Spoke 2 facility at Eastman Business Park (EBP) in Rochester, New York is now fully operational. The new Rochester facility has the capacity to process up to 5,000 tonnes of spent lithium-ion batteries per year, which brings Li-Cycle's total recycling capacity to 10,000 tonnes a year through its two North American Spokes.

The company's Spoke 2 will produce an intermediate mixed battery material product from all types of spent lithium-ion batteries, in addition to the black mass currently being produced at Spoke 1 in Kingston, Ontario. 

Historically, most lithium-ion battery recyclers have used a smelting process to recover these valuable battery materials, resulting in high emissions and the loss of critical metals. With Li-Cycle's recycling services, these inefficiencies are eliminated without creating any waste as a byproduct.

"This is a crucial step in scaling Li-Cycle's technology and creating a strong foundation for the circular supply chain for lithium-ion batteries in a world where increased electrification is needed to combat climate change," said Li-Cycle CEO Ajay Kochhar. "Our goal is to better manage end-of-life lithium-ion batteries in order to meet the increasing demand for critical battery materials by creating a local source for these materials in North America."

Li-Cycle has reinvented the recycling process by developing and validating patented technologies that enable recoveries of at least 95 percent of all materials found in lithium-ion batteries through a zero-waste process. This compares to the industry norm of less than 50 percent recovery. The company processes all types of lithium-ion batteries regardless of their previous application, chemistry, or state of charge.

Both Spokes will supply black mass to Li-Cycle's future Hub, which will be constructed at Eastman Business Park in Rochester by 2022. The Hub will process black mass in order to produce critical, battery-grade materials from recycled sources, as well as other recycled materials that can be returned to the economy.

Company info

2351 Royal Windsor Drive, Unit 10
Mississauga, ON
CA, L5J 4S7

Website:
li-cycle.com

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