Tuesday, 20 April 2021 23:45

Li-Cycle to Build New Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Facility in Arizona


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Li-Cycle Corp., an industry leader in lithium-ion battery resource recovery and the largest lithium-ion battery recycler in North America, on April 20 announced it will build its third commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility, to be located in Gilbert, AZ, within the Phoenix metropolitan area.

When complete, Li-Cycle’s “Spoke 3” facility will be capable of processing up to 10,000 tonnes of end-of-life batteries and battery manufacturing scrap per year, bringing Li-Cycle’s total recycling capacity to 20,000 tonnes per year.


The construction of Spoke 3 builds on Li-Cycle’s existing North American Spokes, located in Rochester, NY, and Kingston, Ontario, and is part of Li-Cycle’s strategic roadmap to construct 20 Spokes globally over the next five years.


The Phoenix metropolitan area is strategically located close to Li-Cycle’s existing battery supply network, as well as being at the nexus of where there will be continued growth in the quantity of lithium-ion batteries available for recycling.


"Once completed, our newest Spoke facility will add significant recycling capacity to Li-Cycle, strategically expanding the geographic footprint of our closed-loop solution for recycling lithium-ion battery materials,” said Tim Johnston, co-founder and executive chairman of Li-Cycle. “Our Arizona Spoke will have two 5,000-tonne processing lines, effectively doubling our total recycling capacity in North America. It will also be engineered to directly process full electric vehicle packs without any dismantling.


"Spoke 3 will mark another important milestone as we continue to execute on our global growth plans and scale our sustainable, safe and innovative Spoke & Hub Technologies.”


“Arizona is thrilled to be selected as the home of Li-Cycle’s new lithium battery recycling plant,” said Gov. Doug Ducey. “This new facility will support Arizona’s growing electric vehicle industry by helping meet the demand for battery materials---in a way that’s sustainable and environmentally friendly. Li-Cycle is a welcome addition to Arizona’s thriving technology ecosystem, and we thank their entire team for choosing Arizona.”


Li-Cycle’s Spokes convert battery manufacturing scrap and end-of-life batteries into intermediate products, including “black mass,” a powder substance which contains a variety of metals, including lithium, cobalt and nickel. The Spokes will supply black mass to Li-Cycle's future North American Hub, which is currently in late-stage development in Rochester, NY.


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