Redwood Materials, the battery recycling firm run by Tesla alum JB Straubel, recently broke ground on a new facility near Charleston, South Carolina. The plant will complement the company’s Nevada materials location, and will be used to recycle, refine and remanufacture anode and cathode components.
Also like Redwood’s Nevada site, the new Battery Materials Campus will be powered by 100 percent renewable electricity.
Yates Construction will oversee the project, and Crapps said subcontractors can submit bids to take part in the project.
Redwood Materials uses recycled battery materials to manufacture products used in batteries for EVs and stationary storage. The company says it can recycle around 95 percent of metal materials from end-of-life EV battery packs.
Redwood is also building a cathode plant in Nevada that it says will produce enough materials to equip over one million EV battery packs per year. The company works closely with Tesla and Panasonic at Gigafactory Nevada, and also has partnerships with Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo and Ford.
“Redwood Materials has officially broken ground in South Carolina at our second Battery Materials Campus!” enthused Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations Morgan Crapps in a LinkedIn post. “An exciting milestone as we move one step closer to closing the loop and creating a circular supply chain for battery materials here in North America.”