October 20, 2022: Li-Cycle said on October 13 it had started commercial operations at its Alabama lithium ion battery recycling facility in the US — the company’s fourth such plant.
The Tuscaloosa ‘spoke’ facility, for which plans were announced last year, spans more than 100,000 ft2 in addition to a 120,000 ft2 warehouse and has a total processing capacity of 10,000 tonnes of lithium battery materials annually.
By the end of 2023, the company expects to have a total processing capacity of 65,000 tonnes annually across its network of facilities in North America and Europe.
The other three operating spokes are in New York, Arizona and Ontario.
Canada-headquartered Li-Cycle says the primary product of its facilities is black mass, including lithium, cobalt and nickel, which the company says it will convert into battery-grade materials at its first commercial North American ‘hub’ facility, which is under construction in Rochester, New York and set to be commissioned next year.
Rochester is expected to be the first commercial hydrometallurgical battery resource recovery facility in North America and the first source of recycled battery-grade lithium carbonate production, Li-Cycle said.
The company says Rochester will be capable of processing 35,000 tonnes of black mass annually, with battery materials equivalent to supplying around 225,000 EVs.
In September last year, Li-Cycle said Koch Strategic Platforms, a subsidiary of Koch Investments Group, was making a $100 million investment in the recycler through the purchase of a convertible note.