EcoBat, the global leader in battery recycling, has announced plans to build its first lithium-ion battery recycling facility in North America. The new facility will be located in Casa Grande, Arizona, and will initially produce an estimated 10,000 tons of recycled material per year, with plans to expand capacity to meet the growing need to recycle lithium-ion batteries.
The facility will be the third lithium-ion battery recycling plant for Ecobat, which already operates similar facilities in Germany and the UK. The company plans to scale its lithium-ion battery recycling business to a level similar to its world-leading lead battery recycling business.
Ecobat Casa Grande will utilise advanced technology to diagnose, sort, shred, and separate lithium-ion batteries at the end of their life to produce a concentrated black mass containing valuable materials found in lithium-ion batteries. The facility will be situated approximately one mile from the existing Ecobat Resources Arizona plant, which has been manufacturing anodes for 15 years. Start-up is expected in the third quarter of 2023.
“Arizona has become a central hub of energy storage and recycling technologies with the addition of yet another global battery innovator,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Ecobat Casa Grande will enhance Arizona’s sustainability footprint while expanding our battery industry and creating skilled jobs.”
The company’s expansion in the North American market underpins its commitment to providing sustainable, second-life recycling solutions for advanced-battery technology. “We welcome the second component of their operations to the City of Casa Grande and applaud their efforts to use sustainable practices in their industry while providing jobs for residents who look for opportunities to work closer to home,” said Casa Grande Mayor Craig McFarland.
Ecobat’s commitment to sustainable practices and second-life recycling solutions for advanced-battery technology aligns with the push for renewable energy and zero-emissions transportation. The expansion of Ecobat’s lithium-ion battery recycling business is a significant step towards a circular economy for batteries, ensuring the responsible management of waste and the conservation of valuable resources.