RecycLiCo Pilot Plant prepares for full-stage testing on third-party cathode material

RecycLiCo Pilot Plant prepares for full-stage testing on third-party cathode material

September 19, 2019
Press Release: American Manganese

This latest American Manganese RecycLiCo test consisted of a newly developed proprietary process, which focuses on the recovery of battery-grade lithium, reduction of reagent usage and processing steps

American Manganese Inc has announced that its independent contract lab, Kemetco Research, has successfully completed an initial test on the final stage (Stage 5) of the RecycLiCo pilot plant project on solutions generated from treatment of both NMC and NCA type cathode scraps. Kemetco will continue processing the remainder of test material for further data validation.

Stage 5 testing consisted of a newly developed proprietary process, which focuses on the recovery of battery-grade lithium, reduction of reagent usage and processing steps. Due to the proprietary nature of the technology, American Manganese is not disclosing all testing results. However, based on the success of this stage, the company expects to file for its third patent in lithium-ion battery recycling. American Manganese Inc currently holds US Patent No. 10,246,343 and Patent No. 10,308,523 for its lithium-ion battery recycling technology under its wholly owned US subsidiary, Rocher Manganese Inc.

“Lithium-ion battery recycling is a certainty, and with the growing demand in electric vehicles and portable electronics, American Manganese plans to be a global leader in lithium-ion battery recycling,” said Larry Reaugh, president and CEO of American Manganese. “Our patented RecycLiCo process would eliminate waste by diverting end-of-life lithium-ion batteries from landfills; reduce mined raw materials by providing recycled materials for the lithium-ion battery supply chain; improve manufacturing costs by recycling cathode scrap for use in future lithium-ion cathode manufacturing, and eliminate carbon emissions with our closed-loop hydrometallurgical process.”

American Manganese first reported high extraction results from stages 1 and 2 of the pilot plant project in its 11 April 2019 news release, followed by the testing of stages 3 and 4, which reported high purity NMC (nickel-manganese-cobalt) and NCA (nickel-cobalt-aluminum) cathode material results as disclosed in the 24 July 2019 news release and the 27 August 2019 news release. American Manganese has received cathode materials from third parties, including international battery manufacturers and is preparing for full-stage testing in the RecycLiCo pilot plant. The company anticipates an increase in third-party interest will extend its pilot plant testing.

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