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Strategic alliance to source battery metals from the US

US firm Cirba Solutions has signed a memorandum of understanding with carmaker Honda to advance the collection and processing of recycled critical battery materials. The partnership is looking to ensure high-quality feedstock for new e-car batteries.

The collaboration leverages Cirba Solutions’ 30+ years of experience in processing end-of-life hybrid and EV batteries and giga-factory scrap, extracting critical metals such as nickel, cobalt, and lithium. Creating these types of circular supply chains supports Honda’s efforts to reach its 100% carbon neutral use goals and resource circulation strategy by 2050.

Furthermore, both companies say this joint approach demonstrates how materials can be sustainably sourced and procured domestically in North America through a ‘strategic alliance’.

Cirba Solutions ceo David Klanecky comments: ‘This partnership highlights the importance of processing materials that otherwise would be discarded to create a fully circular supply chain for EV batteries.’ The company is helping Honda source critical materials for new EV batteries sustainably and with ‘full traceability’.

In March, the recycler announced plans for a world-class EV battery materials facility in South Carolina, creating more than 300 jobs and producing enough battery grade materials for more than 500 000 EV batteries. This new site is part of an investment in battery recycling totalling around US$ 1 billion (EUR 905 million) over the next five years.

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