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Aqua Metals upbeat on shares offer despite Q1 loss

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 12:05 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals upbeat on shares offer despite Q1 loss

US lead-acid battery recycler Aqua Metals, which posted a first-quarter net loss of US$11.7 million, said it intends to offer and sell shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering. 

The loss reflected several non-cash items, including expenses related to the firm’s agreement with the US arm of France’s transnational Veolia group to operate and manage its AquaRefining plant in Nevada.

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Bullish Aqua Metals set for lead production boost

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 14:56 -- John Shepherd

US lead-acid battery recycler Aqua Metals has told shareholders the company is on course for an estimated 25% increase in lead metal production after completing the first phase of a capital programme.

The company said the production increase would come from its first full production run of lead bullion from a newly commissioned third kettle— used to process the hard lead from the batteries it breaks.

A new filter press has also been installed and started up and a new centrifuge has been installed, Aqua Metals confirmed on 28 March.

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Veolia to manage operations at Aqua Metals’ Nevada facility

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Steve Cotton

The US arm of France’s transnational Veolia group is to operate and manage the Nevada facility of US lead-acid battery recycling company Aqua Metals.

Aqua Metals said Boston-based Veolia North America Regeneration Services would provide operations, maintenance and management services at the AquaRefining plant in McCarran under a partnership agreement.

Veolia “will contribute operational and technological expertise and organisational capabilities in aqueous-based process chemistries and electrolysis, along with taking on responsibility for operations, supply chain, off take and management of the plant”, Aqua Metals said.

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Cotton appointed CEO at Aqua Metals

Mon, 01/14/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Steve Cotton has been appointed as CEO of novel US lead-acid battery-recycling company Aqua Metals.

Cotton, who joins the Aqua Metals board, will also continue to be the company’s president— a post he has held since returning to the firm in May 2018.

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Aqua Metals chief upbeat as ingots production gears up

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Ingoting process at Aqua Metals' plant in Nevada

Novel US lead-acid battery-recycling company Aqua Metals has “overcome technical hurdles” and is now making lead ingots at a “steady state”, the company’s president has announced.

Steve Cotton said the firm would be able to ship its “ultra-pure AquaRefined lead directly to battery manufacturers for production— and also allow them to test our AquaRefined lead for improved battery performance and life”.

Cotton’s announcement signalled what the company hopes will be a continuation of a gradual turnaround in its fortunes following a number of setbacks in striving to commercialise a water-based lead-acid recycling process.

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Aqua Metals not yet at ‘steady state’ operation

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 10:51 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
Aqua Metals lead ingot

Newly-appointed Aqua Metals president Steve Cotton, who left the novel lead-acid battery recycling firm just over a year ago, has admitted the company is still working on getting its process modules to “steady state” operation— and will probably be operating as little as four of them in the coming months to get things right as the company moves to scale.

Concentrating on the technology is unlikely to improve the company’s bottom line for some time. However, the original business model was premised on being able to sell fund development through the sale of sufficient refined lead. 

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Aqua Metals share offering follows ‘pure lead milestone’

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:49 -- Xuan Zhong
Aqua Metals share offering follows ‘pure lead milestone’

US lead-acid battery-recycling start-up Aqua Metals is raising cash to expand its business after producing its first commercial high-grade lead following months of setbacks.

The company said on 13 June it intended to offer and sell shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering— using the net proceeds “for working capital, which could include capital expenditures related to addressing operational efficiencies and the expansion of production activities” at its initial AquaRefining facility in McCarran, Nevada. 

 

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Aqua Metals averts board challenge as interim CEO steps down

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:14 -- Xuan Zhong
Aqua Metals averts board challenge as interim CEO steps down

US lead-acid battery-recycling start-up Aqua Metals has buried the hatchet with a hedge fund accused of trying to “steal control” of the company— but lost another CEO in the process.

Aqua Metals has entered into a settlement agreement with Florida-based Kanen Wealth Management (KWM)— which had urged shareholders to vote for its director candidates to join the board at an upcoming crunch annual meeting of stockholders next month.

 

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JCI, Aqua Metals extend supply agreement

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:41 -- Xuan Zhong
JCI, Aqua Metals extend supply agreement

Johnson Controls International (JCI) and US lead-acid battery-recycling start-up Aqua Metals have agreed a one-year extension to an equipment supply agreement.

The two companies said last year they would collaborate on work that included converting existing lead smelters belonging to JCI and “certain strategic partners” to a lead recycling process utilising Aqua Metals’ AquaRefining technology.

 

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Aqua Metals appoints Mould as interim CEO

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 09:48 -- Xuan Zhong
Aqua Metals appoints Mould as interim CEO

Aqua Metals has appointed co-founder and chief operating officer Selwyn Mould (pictured) as interim CEO.

Mould succeeds Dr Stephen Clarke— who Aqua Metals has now said resigned from the post and his roles as chairman and a director earlier this year, but will “stay involved” as a consultant.

 

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