Li-Cycle has announced plans to build a new lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Alabama. This will be its fourth commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility and will be located in Tuscaloosa, AL. Previously, the company had a base plan for three North American facilities, or Spokes. These are planned for Kingston, Ontario; Rochester, New York; and Gilbert, Arizona, with the latter being in advanced execution stages. The company noted that the southeastern US is emerging as a critical region for the lithium-ion battery supply chain since both battery manufacturers and automotive OEMs have operations in the region. This will lead to the generation of large quantities of battery manufacturing scrap and end-of-life batteries that will need to be recycled. The company also noted that Univar Solutions will be an anchor battery feed supply customer for the new facility, and this news followed the recent news of the two companies’ onsite partnership to provide waste management solutions for EVs and lithium-ion battery manufacturing. Once the Spoke 4 facility is completed, it will have an initial capacity of up to 5,000 tonnes of battery manufacturing scrap and end-of-life batteries annually. This will bring Li-Cycle’s total North American recycling capacity to 25,000 tonnes […]


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