Better Lithium Ion

The New Energy Era Demands the Best Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling Solution

While the shift to electrifying cars is imperative for the planet, this transition will create a new environmental timebomb without metals recycling innovations that are clean and cost-efficient.

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140m electric cars globally by 2030 will create massive demand for lithium-ion batteries and critical minerals.

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More than 11 million pounds of lithium-ion batteries are expected to reach the end of life by 2030.

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Demand for lithium-ion battery materials in the next decade is predicted to increase over 575% for lithium and 1237% for nickel.

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We cannot mine enough raw materials to meet our lithium-ion battery needs.

Recycling is the only solution for keeping strategically critical metals within regional supply chains, reducing the dependency risk and environmental cost of relying on foreign sources.

AQUA METALS SOLVES
THE MASSIVE LITHIUM-ION RECYCLING CHALLENGE

How our approach is different from other recycling solutions:

NO SMELTING

No furnace required, no greenhouse emissions

HIGHER %

Recovers a higher percentage of metals in a higher quality form

MINIMAL WASTE

Closed-loop process that recycles chemicals and water

HIGHER QUALITY

Produces higher quality products at a lower operating cost

AquaRefining, the cleanest approach to lithium-ion recycling, will produce a higher quality product at a lower cost.

The AquaRefining Advantage

Process Type

Products Produced

Waste Streams

GHG Emissions

Pyro

Alloy of Cobalt and Nickel requiring further processing.

Slag that includes Manganese and Lithium disposed of in landfill.

Yes

Standard Hydro Process (Precipitation)

Cobalt and Nickel Hydroxide that requires further processing.


Manganese Hydroxide

Significant liquid waste stream that includes Lithium Sulfate, Sodium Sulfate, and some Cobalt and Nickel.

None

AquaRefining®

High-quality Cobalt, Nickel, and Copper in pure metal form.


Manganese Hydroxide 

 

Lithium Hydroxide

Minimal non-hazardous waste.

None

Economic Comparison TO AQUAMETALS

Process Type

Operating Cost Comparison

Product Value

Pyro

Equal

Less products with lower value.

Standard Hydro Process

25% Higher

Less products with lower value.

Aqua Metals’ Eco-Network

We believe a collaboration strategy with innovative companies that have multi-disciplinary backgrounds in metals, mining, high volume throughput, and hydrometallurgy is the best approach to solving the sustainability challenge of metals recycling, especially with lithium-ion batteries. Forming an eco-network is an important step in our strategy for exploring the expansion of AquaRefining technology to other applications.