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.
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.
Aqua Metals, the US lead-acid battery-recycling start-up, is ramping up its commercial fightback by completing its “first24-hour run of continuous operations” of lead production after months of production setbacks.
The company confirmed on 5 March it had completed the move following modifications to its AquaRefining facility in Nevada to resolve a “sticky lead” condition that had hampered production.
US lead-acid battery-recycling start-up Aqua Metals has successfully modified equipment to resolve a “sticky lead” condition that had hampered production at its facility in Nevada.
The company, which is working to commercialise a water-based recycling process, revealed last December that lead recovered during its AquaRefining process was sticking to the exit chutes of processing equipment.
The head of US lead-acid battery recycling start-up Aqua Metals has admitted the firm is “significantly behind schedule” in its production plans.
Chairman and CEO Dr Stephen Clarke (pictured) said earlier this year that Aqua Metals, which wants to commercialise a water-based recycling process, was preparing for “explosive growth” in 2018.