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Aqua Metals deal to introduce lead battery recycling technology to Taiwan

Thu, 08/19/2021 - 10:23 -- Paul Crompton
Aqualyzers units

Aqua Metals has signed a definitive agreement with ACME Metal Enterprise to deploy and license AquaRefining lead battery recycling equipment at the latter’s facility in Keelung, Taiwan.

The partnership includes joint development of a process for converting lead briquettes into lead oxide using a ball mill to which ACME will have rights throughout Taiwan. 

The agreement includes terms for licensing, and ACME considering licensing AquaRefining to other parties in Taiwan. 

The agreement also defines a phased deployment of AquaRefining technology and provisions for both firms to develop a second methodology to produce oxide directly from recycled material.

ACME refines lead bullion into lead alloys for sale to battery manufacturers. 

Aqua Metals intends to begin shipping Aqualyzers and supporting equipment to ACME for phase one of the deployment, which is expected to begin operating by the fourth quarter of this year. 

The Aqualyzers will enable ACME to produce ultrapure lead metal in Taiwan. 

In January, Aqua Metals announced it had developed a process for converting briquettes into lead oxide through the Barton pot method (melting).

With the addition of the ball mill process, Aqua Metals says it will have the potential to produce oxide using the two industry-standard processes.

Linus Lu, managing director, ACME, said: “We are now uniquely qualified to expand our business with large battery manufacturers who understand the immediate need to embrace new innovations that drive towards net zero emissions and improve worker safety. 

“We look forward to working with Aqua Metals to be a leader in transforming the lead recycling and battery manufacturing industry in Asia.”

The specific financial terms of the agreement will remain proprietary for commercial and competitive reasons.

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Aqua Metals granted lead battery recycling patents in India and Indonesia

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 14:45 -- Paul Crompton
Aqua Metals granted lead battery recycling patents in India and Indonesia

Lead-acid battery recycling firm Aqua Metals has been granted patents in both India and Indonesia in a move that could pave the way for the rollout of its technology into those countries.

The patents are ‘critical’ to allowing the US firm to license its technologies, which include the AquaRefinery system.

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Aqua Metals hails three-month ingot production record

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 14:09 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals hails three-month ingot production record

US lead-acid battery recycler Aqua Metals has announced record ingot production figures for three months of this year at its AquaRefining plant in Nevada.

The company said it had achieved “sequential production records” of AquaRefined lead as well as lead metal bullion in March, April and May. 

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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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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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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 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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Aqua Metals fights back with lead production “milestone”

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:08 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals fights back with lead production “milestone”

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.

 

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Aqua Metals retrofit “fixes sticky lead”

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:23 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals retrofit “fixes sticky lead”

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.

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