99% metal purity achieved from recycled batteries

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A battery recycling company has successfully recovered 99.98% purity nickel-cobalt hydroxide from the NCA cathode scrap metal from lithium-ion batteries.

American Manganese Inc has announced the successful recovery of high purity (99.98%) nickel-cobalt hydroxide from the NCA cathode scrap material received from the tier-one lithium-ion battery company. American Manganese plans to announce Company A purity results as they are received and reviewed.

The laboratory studies were conducted by the Company’s independent contractor, Kemetco Research, to analyse the optimum recycling conditions and produce recycled material for the customer’s evaluation (see photo).

“We designed the process with the goal to produce recycled battery products that could be seamlessly integrated into the re-manufacturing of battery cathodes using minimal processing steps,” said Norm Chow, President of Kemetco Research.

After continuous improvement and optimisation, American Manganese’s RecycLiCo™ process achieved an even higher purity than the previously reported purity results (99.94%) during stages 3 and 4 of Pilot Plant project, as announced in the Company’s August 27, 2019 press release.

“The purity results analysed by Kemetco Research demonstrates the potential of our RecycLiCo patented process and sets a new benchmark for the lithium-ion battery recycling industry,” said Larry Reaugh, President and CEO of American Manganese. “We continue to pioneer a high-recovery, high-purity, and environmentally friendly cathode-to-cathode lithium-ion battery recycling solution that promotes a circular economy for the lithium-ion battery supply chain.”

The RecycLiCo patented process is a closed-circuit hydrometallurgical solution for recycling lithium-ion battery material. American Manganese has completed testing of the Pilot Plant project and aims to begin engineering design and economic analysis of a 3-5 tonne per day commercial demonstration plant for 2020; following the completion of testing for tier-one companies.

American Manganese Inc. is a critical metals company focused on the recycling of lithium-ion batteries with the RecycLiCo process. The process provides high extraction of cathode metals, such as lithium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, and aluminium at battery grade purity, with minimal processing steps. American Manganese Inc. aims to commercialise its breakthrough RecycLiCo Patented Process and become an industry leader in recycling cathode materials from spent lithium-ion batteries.

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