Pilot plant processing capacity increased from 64 kg/day to 160 kg/day of Lithium-ion battery cathode material
CEO: potential to reduce commercial plant expenses with increased processing capacity
American Manganese (“AMY” or the “Company”) is pleased to report that engineering upgrades with the addition of thermal control of exothermic reactions enabled the lithium-ion battery cathode recycling pilot plant to operate at higher pulp density. As a result of the upgrades, the pilot plant capacity was successfully increased from 64 kg/day to 160 kg/day, without sacrificing the recovery potential of cobalt, lithium, nickel, manganese, and aluminum. Further optimization work is ongoing with the goal of increasing pulp density and the resulting processing capacity further. The Company’s contractor, Kemetco Research, recognized the opportunity to optimize the initial stages of the RecycLiCoTM process before the construction of AMY’s first commercial demonstration plant.
“The optimization findings and ongoing testing will be incorporated in the detailed engineering of the Company’s recently announced conceptual commercial plant layout, which could potentially reduce the estimated expenses,” said Larry Reaugh, President and CEO of American Manganese. “I’m impressed with the increase in production capacity that we have achieved with our pilot plant project because at 160 kg/day we are advancing towards commercial recycling potential. Although the pilot plant will not be used for commercial production, it gives me confidence in our ability to scale up to our planned commercial processing capacity of 3 tonnes/day,” Mr. Reaugh continued.
American Manganese has expressed interest in commercialization via licensing or joint venture agreements and plans to locate the recycling plant in a strategic location within North America, where it will prepare recycled products suitable for battery manufacturing.
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