Canadian battery recycler Li-Cycle has commissioned its pre-processing plant in Gilbert, Arizona. The plant has a capacity of 10,000 tonnes of manufacturing scrap and end-of life batteries per year. The plant is designed to be able to shred complete battery packs.
Li-Cycle announced its decision to open a facility in Arizona in April 2021. The plant gives the company a presence in Western USA with close proximity to California which is the most EV and ESS dense state in the country.
With the facility Li-Cycle now has a pre-processing capacity of 20,000 tonnes over its three locations in Kingston, Ontario, Rochester, New York and Gilbert, Arizona. A fourth plant with another 10,000 tonnes of capacity, in Alabama, is set to be commissioned in August this year.
That entire packs can be recycled may especially be valuable for damaged batteries or packs with low values which haven't been assessed for reuse.
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