Recycling company ACE Green Recycling (ACE) plans to develop a recycling park in Texas, US capable of processing a combined 120,000 metric tonnes of lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries a year.
When operating at full capacity in 2025, the firm expects the facility to process and recycle up to 100,000 metric ton of lead-acid batteries and 20,000 metric ton of lithium-ion batteries each year.
Phase 1 of the 400,000 square foot facility is due to begin in Q3 next year, starting with lead-acid batteries.
ACE will announce details about its lithium-ion battery recycling operations in upcoming months.
An ACE press release stated: “Due to the lack of sufficient recycling capacity, the US is currently exporting a large volume of its scrap batteries to Mexico and Asia while importing battery materials back to make new batteries leading to a major value loss.
“By establishing a large operation in Texas, ACE intends to reduce America’s dependence on imports of battery materials and batteries from foreign suppliers that are often subject to adverse global supply chain issues.”
ACE’s Texas lead-acid recycling facility will be scaled up in phases.
When fully operational, the site could recycle more than five million lead-acid batteries, prevent more than 50,000 metric ton of GHG emissions, reduce landfill dumping of more than 10 million pounds of hazardous solid waste, and recycle more than 15 million pounds of plastics annually.
Lead battery recycling in India
Last month, ACE announced a partnership with secondary lead smelter Pondy Oxides & Chemicals (POC) to bring the “world’s largest” emission-free recycling plant to India.
Indian firm POC signed a 10-year, $12 million equipment supply and licensing deal with Ace to aid its goal of developing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emission-free battery recycling facility in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh.