Li-Cycle Corp of Toronto, ON has announced that its lithium-ion Spoke facility in Gilbert, AZ that recycles lithium-ion batteries has begun commercial operations. The facility uses proprietary technology that processes full EV battery packs without dismantling them manually.
Richard Storrie, Li-Cycle’s Regional President/Americas, said, “We are pleased to announce that our Arizona Spoke is operational. This new state-of-the-art facility enhances our ability to serve the recycling of our customers, while significantly increasing our operational recycling capacity. We’re also creating an additional domestic source of critical metals to be transformed and supply lithium-ion battery production.”
Li-Cycle’s Alabama Spoke, which is the same design as the Arizona Spoke, is scheduled to be operational in the third quarter of 2022. When both the Arizona and Alabama Spokes are operational, Li-Cycle will have a total processing capacity of 30,000 tonnes/year. By the end of 2023, the company expects to have a total of 65,000 tonnes of lithium-ion battery processing capacity per annum, across its Spokes in North America and Europe.
The primary output product of the Arizona Spoke is black mass, which comprises critical minerals such as lithium, cobalt, and nickel, which Li-Cycle will convert into battery-grade materials at its first North American Hub facility, which is under construction in Rochester, NY. The facility will be capable of processing 35,000 tonnes/year of black mass, with targeted commissioning in 2023.
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