United States – Aqua Metals, the company behind the AquaRefining electrochemical battery recycling technology, has acquired UK-based advanced battery specialist Ebonex in what the former describes as a move to ‘advance our own nano-structured lead and leverage synergies both with Ebonex materials and its experience in bipolar lead-acid batteries’.
Aqua goes on to say: ‘Together, we believe that we have the potential to significantly advance the performance and cycle life of lead-acid battery chemistry in an easily-recycled product.’
One of the reasons for the formation of Aqua Metals was ‘a deep-seated belief that we haven’t seen the best of lead-acid batteries (LABs) yet and that there could be a market for advanced materials, equipment and processes to support a new wave of LABs’, states the company.
‘Our mission is to be at the forefront of LAB development, supplying advanced materials, methods and equipment to our LAB manufacturing customers.’ The AquaRefining recycling route represents ‘a room temperature, water-based process that is fundamentally non-polluting’.
Aqua Metals’ first recycling facility is in the US state of Nevada’s Tahoe Reno Industrial Complex.