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.
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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.