American Battery Technology Company (ABTC) is expanding its battery metals extraction and qualification laboratories within its Research Development Center, which is located at the Nevada Center for Applied Research (NCAR) at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR).
“ABTC’s Research Development Center team uniquely focuses on in-house, first-of-kind developed battery metals extraction technologies for both the recycling of spent batteries and for the manufacturing of primary battery metals from domestic-US based resources,” says ABTC.
The company says the plan includes a five-fold space expansion which will result in more than 3,000 square feet of total lab space.
“The abilities to independently manufacture battery cathode-grade lithium hydroxide, nickel, cobalt and manganese products from our recycling operations, to manufacture battery cathode-grade lithium hydroxide from our primary Nevada-based lithium-bearing sedimentary materials, and to be able to implement our own internally-developed analytical chemistry procedures to certify the quality of our specialty chemical products [will enable] accelerating the commercialization of our in-house developed processes,” says ABTC CEO Ryan Melsert. “With this expansion into our fifth laboratory within the NCAR at UNR, we can now perform all of these operations within a single facility, further accelerating our path forward.”
ABTC says the labs support its Tonopah Flats Lithium Exploration Project, a USABC project aimed at demonstrating battery metal product manufacturing and a lithium-ion battery recycling pilot plant under construction in Nevada.