Li-Cycle Corp. recently confirmed that its Spoke 2 plant is now fully operational at Eastman Business Park (EBP) in Rochester, New York.

Toronto, Canada: Li-Cycle Corp. (Li-Cycle), the largest lithium-ion battery recycling company in North America, recently confirmed that its Spoke 2 plant is now fully operational at Eastman Business Park (EBP) Rochester, New York. In addition to the black mass that is currently being manufactured at Spoke 1 in Kingston, Ontario, the company's Spoke 2 will manufacture an intermediate mixed battery content product (known in the industry as 'black mass') from every type of lithium-ion batteries. The latest Rochester factory has the potential to handle up to 5,000 tons of spent lithium-ion batteries each year, taking the overall recycling capacity of Li-Cycle through its two North American spokes to 10,000 tons/year.

Established in Mississauga, Ontario, Li-Cycle offers a solution to the global issue of lithium-ion battery end-of-life, thus providing a secondary supply through its revolutionary recycling technology of essential battery materials. The Spoke & Hub technologies of Li-Cycle reduce the maximum environmental footprint of the end-to-end process of resource recovery and dramatically decrease the effects of GHG emissions that otherwise would have been generated from the mining of such finite resources.

In order to recover these useful battery materials, most lithium-ion battery recyclers have traditionally utilized a smelting technique, leading to high emissions and the depletion of essential metals. These inadequacies are removed with Li-recycling Cycle's services without generating 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."

By developing and validating proprietary technologies that allow for the recovery of at least 95 percent of every material utilized in lithium-ion batteries through a creative, zero-waste process, Li-Cycle has redefined the recycling process. It compares to the industry average of recovery of less than 50 percent. Any lithium-ion batteries are processed by the corporation irrespective of their previous use, chemistry, or charge status.