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American Manganese success in black mass trials and wins support from Canadian government

Fri, 09/10/2021 - 15:36 -- paul Crompton

American Manganese has reported the successful recycling of lithium-ion battery black mass into NMC-622 (nickel-manganese-cobalt oxide) cathode precursor.

The black mass feedstock was produced by mechanical size reduction from end-of-life lithium-ion batteries, using the Canada-based firm’s RecycLiCo closed-loop process.

The resulting powder substance contains battery materials, including: lithium, cobalt, nickel, and manganese, as well as copper, aluminium, and graphite. 

American Manganese (AMY) sourced the samples of black mass from an unnamed electric vehicle manufacturer for demonstration of its process and validation of its product.

Laboratory-scale testing of the black mass samples demonstrated a 99% leach extraction efficiency of lithium, nickel, manganese, and cobalt. 

The resulting pregnant leach solution was then adjusted to the desired ratio of nickel, manganese, and cobalt before the direct co-precipitation of the NMC-622 cathode precursor. 

AMY said that Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) scans showed its NMC-622 product shares the same technical specifications –particle morphology, size, and distribution – found in conventional lithium-ion battery cathode precursor materials produced from raw materials.

Government funding

This month AMY received advisory services and funding to support a pilot lithium-ion recycling project from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) Industrial Research Assistance Program.

The funding, delivered through NRC’s Fast Pilot in Foreign Markets program, is designed to help Canadian small and medium-sized businesses overcome barriers to market entry and facilitate direct adoption of technology in foreign markets.

AMY will model, commission, and test a lithium-ion battery cathode material recycling demonstration plant to include continuous operation with specific cathode waste processing objectives, such as capacity, extraction efficiency, and material purity.

The pilot project is titled ‘Demonstration of Continuous Recycling of Cathode Material from Lithium-ion Battery Production Scrap’.

NRC provided advisory services and conditional funding to support AMY’s research and development project on the ‘Synthesis of Cathode Material Precursors from Recycled Battery Scrap’ project between November 4, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

The main objective of the project is to conduct a technical feasibility study on the synthesis of cathode material precursors with specific particle parameters.

The latest project is in collaboration with European gigafactory developer Italvolt, which is aiming to build a 45GWh, increasing to 70GWh, lithium-ion plant in Scarmagno, Italy. 

In March, the firm signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a commercial recycling plant alongside the Scarmagno plant.

The MOU is a response to the European Commission’s proposed Batteries Regulation, which aims to ensure batteries placed on the EU market are sustainable throughout their life cycle.

Italvolt founder Carlstrom also founded, and is a shareholder, of UK gigafactory hopeful Britishvolt.

 

In July, Britishvolt was granted planning permission to construct its first full-scale lithium-ion facility in Northumberland, UK.

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Recycling lithium-ion battery production waste into NMC cathode material

Thu, 06/10/2021 - 11:41 -- paul Crompton
Recycling lithium-ion battery production waste into NMC cathode material

Recycler American Manganese has reported the production of lithium-ion NMC (lithium-nickel-manganese-cobalt oxide) cathode precursor material directly from recycled waste.

Through its independent R&D contractor Kemetco Research, the Canadian firm said the material had the same technical specification— particle morphology, size and distribution— found in conventional lithium-ion battery cathode precursor materials.

The material was manufactured through the company’s RecycLiCo process.

American Manganese intends to enhance the processing flexibility of the RecycLiCo process by adjusting the ratio of leached metals before the end cathode precursor product is made. 

By adjusting the ratio of the leached metals, the company says it will be able to recycle older cathode chemistries, such as NMC-111, and transform the end product into cathode chemistries, such as NMC-622 or NMC-811, in a closed-loop process. 

The company will test this concept in its next production batch.

Larry Reaugh, president and CEO of American Manganese, said: “The feedstock material used in these recycling tests comes from lithium-ion battery production waste, which accounts for at least 10% of a gigafactory’s production capacity. 

“Therefore, by integrating the recycling process alongside gigafactories, we envision the recycling of battery production waste directly into cathode precursor material for use in battery re-manufacturing.”

Image: scanning electron microscopy scan of cathode precursor from recycled NMC cathode waste

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Engineering upgrades helps boost lithium-ion cathode recycling plant capacity by 150%

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 12:05 -- paul Crompton

Metals firm American Manganese has more than doubled the capacity of its pilot lithium-ion battery cathode recycling plant in the US through engineering upgrades. 

The Canadian company raised capacity from 64 kg/day to 160 kg/day by adding thermal control of exothermic reactions that enable the plant to operate at higher pulp density. 

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Firms sign MOU to develop lithium-ion battery recycling process in the US

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 11:47 -- paul Crompton

American Manganese signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 14 April with e-mobility battery developer Voltabox of Texas— a subsidiary of Volabox AG— outlining a partnership to recycle lithium-ion batteries.

The firms aim to provide end-of-life lithium-ion batteries for the commercial-scale recycling of cathode materials using the Canadian firm American Manganese’s (AMY) patented RecycLiCoTM process.

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American Manganese appoints its CTO and lithium-ion battery recycling expert onto its board

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 14:42 -- paul Crompton

Battery materials and recycling firm American Manganese has appointed its chief technical officer Zarko Meseldzija to the company’s board of directors. 

Meseldzija has technical experience in lithium-ion battery recycling processes and technical knowledge of hydrometallurgical process development projects

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Firm reports purity of its recovered lithium-ion battery materials reaches almost 100%

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:16 -- paul Crompton

Critical metals company American Manganese has announced the battery materials it recovered from disassembled electric vehicle battery packs was almost 100% pure.

The Company’s independent contract laboratory, Kemetco Research, generated recycled products with purities of 98.91% (nickel), 99.72% (cobalt) and 99.27% (manganese). 

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American manganese reports promising lithium-ion battery recycling results

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 15:07 -- paul Crompton

Recycled materials firm American Manganese has received positive results from third-party testing of its RecycLiCo™ lithium-ion battery material recycling just weeks after completing the fifth and final stage of tests at its pilot plant.

The company has released the results from its independent contract laboratory, Kemetco Research regarding test by a tier-one firm— referred to as Company A due to a confidentiality agreement.

See BEST Magazine’s latest edition for an in-depth interview with American Manganese here.

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American Manganese to begin final tests on recovered NCA cathode material

Tue, 08/27/2019 - 14:51 -- paul Crompton
American Manganese to begin final tests on recovered NCA cathode material

American Manganese has begun the final testing stages on NCA (nickel cobalt aluminium) cathode materials at its RecycLiCo™ pilot plant – the company’s  proprietary innovation that recycles materials from lithium-ion batteries.

Tests results in July by the company’s independent research contractor Kemetco Research reported 99.93% purity results using recovered NMC pregnant leach solution following stages 3 and 4.

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Milestone for pilot lithium-ion recycling project

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 09:58 -- John Shepherd
Milestone for pilot lithium-ion recycling project

American Manganese (AM) said it has produced high purity material from a pilot lithium-ion plant recycling project in Canada.

AM said its processing partner, Kemetco Research Inc, produced a high purity NMC (nickel manganese cobalt) hydroxide filter cake (pictured) during the final stages of its ‘Recyclico’ project.

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Testing begins at American Manganese recycling plant

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel

American Manganese (AM) has reported reaching a “great milestone” in its work towards “a complete lithium-ion battery recycling process” by beginning operation of its five stage pilot plant operation in Canada.

AM’s processing partner Kemetco Research has started processing a select sample of cathode scrap material at AM’s lithium-ion recycling pilot plant in British Columbia.

The cathode scrap material is being processed through stages 1 and 2 of the pilot plant, which will see the sample undergo pre-treatment and then leaching.

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