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Li-Cycle announces plants in US and Germany


The Canadian battery recycling company Li-Cycle which late last year announced an agreement with Ultimum Cells, the joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution, will establish a dedicated pre-processing plants at Ultimum Cell's manufacturing site.The site will have a capacity of 15,000 tonnes of production scrap.


The recycling plant will be completed in 2023 the same year the battery manufacturing is expected to be commissioned. The primary output will be black mass which Li-Cycle will convert into battery grade materials at its hydrometarllurgical plan due to open in Rochester, New York the same year.


During the company's annoucment of its first 12 year's results Li-Cycle also announced that the company is about to open a pre-processing plant in Germany, without mentioning specific location or time. A plant in Norway was announced last week. Altogether the comapany has announced pre-processing capacity of 55,000 tonnes over two continents.


Ultimum Cell's cell manufacturing plant in Warren, Ohio, one of three announced locations for the joint-owned brand, is expected to start its operations in August 2022 and will produce a proprietary NMCA chemistry for use in General Motor's EVs from Cadillac, Brightdrop and GMC.


In Li-Cycle's 12 months report the company revealed that it during its fiscal year of 2021 produced approximately1,900 tonnes of black mass, combined, at its two 5,000 tpa facilities in Kingston, Ontario and Rochester, New York.


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