American Manganese Inc (CVE:AMY) (OTCMKTS:AMYZF), the critical metals group, has further advanced its battery-recycling aims.
The Surrey, British Columbia-based company said Thursday that its processing partner, consultant Kemetco Research, has started processing of a select sample of cathode scrap material through stages one and two of the pilot plant.
American Manganese has a patent approved process for recovering metals from lithium-ion batteries such as cobalt, lithium, nickel, manganese, and aluminum.
"The commencement of the pilot plant operations marks a significant step in American Manganese's quest to prove its patent-approved lithium-ion battery recycling technology," said Norman Chow, president of Kemetco. "Kemetco is proud to partner with American Manganese in developing this innovative technology."
Larry Reaugh added: "This is a great milestone for the company as we work towards a complete lithium-ion battery recycling process. The company is also anticipating an official US Patent number for its recently approved patent application."
AMY says it can provide 100% extraction of cathode metals at battery grade purity and aims to become the industry leader in recycling spent electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries.
The five stages of the pilot plant operation are as follows:
- Stage 1 – Pre-treatment of cathode material
- Stage 2 – Leach of active material
- Stage 3 – Purification
- Stage 4 – Recovery of base metals (eg: nickel, cobalt, manganese)
- Stage 5 – Lithium recovery and water recycle
AMY shares added 3.70% to $0.14 in Toronto.