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#TM1 Technology Minerals – Recyclus Approved to Recycle Batteries at Tipton

HIGHLIGHTS

· Approval allows for immediate commencement of on site manual lead-acid battery recycling processes in Tipton

· Approved Battery Treatment Operator (ABTO) status authorises Recyclus to produce up to 15,000 metric tonnes (MT) of lead per year from the recycling of lead-acid batteries

 

Technology Minerals Plc (LSE: TM1), the first listed UK company focused on creating a sustainable circular economy for battery metals, announces that Recyclus Group Ltd (“Recyclus”), its 49%-owned battery recycling business, has received ABTO status from the Environmental Agency for its recycling site in Tipton, West Midlands. The approval means that Recyclus can immediately commence manual recycling operations at its lead-acid facility.

 

Under ABTO status, Recyclus is authorised to produce up to 15,000MT per annum of lead and store up to 300MT of inbound stock at any one time on site . The new authorisation marks the beginning of phase one of the recycling operations, which will move to a fully automated recycling process in phase two later this year following receipt of the variation of licence. The Recyclus system recycles the entire battery into separate constituent parts, to ensure recovery of lead, acid, and plastic materials, which are then reused to support a wide range of industries. For example, the hard lead can be used in grids and terminals, the soft lead for battery paste, and the sulphuric acid into fertilisers for agricultural use.

 

Robin Brundle, Chairman of Technology Minerals, said: “We are delighted to have our ABTO status confirmed by the Environmental Agency, so we can kick-start recycling operations, close deals in the pipeline, and start generating revenues from this site. Once fully operational, the Tipton plant positions us to become one of the leading accredited battery recyclers internationally.

“The lead-acid battery recycling industry is currently a major polluter, with over 18,000 tonnes of spent batteries incinerated or sent to landfill each year in the UK alone. It is vital that companies look to strip back ‘greenwashing’ and promote homegrown waste management solutions if the UK is to achieve its COP26 net zero targets.

“Our operations will help to divert waste from landfill, enabling key resources to be kept in use for longer, minimising waste and reducing the environmental impacts of spent batteries. These efforts underscore our commitment to developing a truly circular economy for battery metals that will help propel the green transition and meet the net zero 2050 targets. We look forward to reporting on our progress in the coming weeks and months.”

Enquiries

Technology Minerals Plc

Robin Brundle, Executive Chairman

Alexander Stanbury, Chief Executive Officer

+44 20 7618 9100

Arden Partners Plc

Ruari McGirr, George Morgan

+44 207 614 5900

Gracechurch Group

Harry Chathli, Amy Stupavsky, Alexis Gore

+44 (0)203 488 7510

 

Technology Minerals Plc  

 

Technology Minerals is developing the UK’s first listed, sustainable circular economy for battery metals, using cutting-edge technology to recycle, recover, and re-use battery technologies for a renewable energy future. Technology Minerals is focused on extracting raw materials required for Li-ion batteries, whilst solving the ecological issue of spent Li-ion batteries, by recycling them for re-use by battery manufacturers. With the increasing global demand for battery metals to supply electrification, the group will explore, mine, and recycle metals from spent batteries. Further information on Technology Minerals is available at www.technologyminerals.co.uk    

 

Recyclus Group Ltd    

 

The demand for the raw materials used in battery manufacturing is anticipated to substantially increase . Recyclus Group provides a national recycling initiative that supports the transition to carbon neutrality. Recyclus Group’s battery recycling capacity will prove essential in the shift from fossil fuels to electric transportation. Through its strategic support, Recyclus is an integral component to the recycling of lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries and is a significant contributor towards the circular economy of battery metals. Further information on Recyclus Group is available at www.recyclusgroup.com    

#TM1 Technology Minerals – Technology Minerals Chairman Robin Brundle – Talking Batteries by Recyclus + WMG Part 1

 

Technology Minerals Plc (LSE: TM1),  the first listed UK company focused on creating a sustainable circular economy for battery metals, are supporting the agenda for COP26 very strongly and have announced WMG as a knowledge transfer partner.

WMG is an academic department at the University of Warwick and is the leading international role model for successful collaboration between academia and the public an

d private sectors, driving innovation in science, technology and engineering, to develop the brightest ideas and talent.

Technology Minerals, has collaborated with WMG for a four-year Engineer Doctor Program. Technology Minerals’ 49% owned industry leading battery recycling company – Recyclus Group will share their immense knowledge of lithium-ion and recycling batteries with WMG which will help them to teach bright young people out of university. As part of the knowledge transfer, Technology Minerals will also receive access to the laboratories in which WMG have invested £80mn over the last decade.

The collaboration is crucial as students learnings are through, researching optimising the processes at Recyclus and analysing the materials coming out of the battery so it’s good enough

to be recycled,  rather than academic research.

This collaboration will bring benefits to both Technology Minerals and WMG. As by working with companies like Recyclus not only do WMG’s researchers help to improve the UK battery industry and the capabilities of Technology Minerals and Recyclus Group but the WMG research team get to experience and work on real world problems.

#TM1 Technology Minerals – Recyclus Opens First Recycling Plant in Tipton

Technology Minerals Plc (LSE: TM1), the first listed UK company focused on creating a sustainable circular economy for battery metals is pleased to announce that its 49% owned battery recycling business, Recyclus Group Ltd (“Recyclus”), has opened its first lead-acid battery recycling plant in Tipton, West Midlands, and will commence operations on the week commencing 7th February 2022.

 

The Tipton plant aims to increase Recyclus’ lead-acid battery recycling production capacity from an estimated 16,000 tonnes in the first full year of production, to circa 80,000 tonnes by 2027.  

 

The opening of the plant represents a significant milestone for Recyclus, and it aims to follow up this achievement with the opening of a new lithium-ion recycling facility in Wolverhampton, forecast to open in February. Recyclus looks forward to providing an update on the progress of the lithium plant shortly.

 

The Tipton plant is designed to process up to 12 tonnes an hour of all types of lead-acid batteries (“LAB”) and will have a fully automated, modular system, that is capable of recycling lead-acid batteries without any gas or particle emissions going into the atmosphere.

 

The process breaks down the entire battery into separate constituent parts, to ensure it is fully recycled and recovers lead, acid, and plastic materials. These can be re-used to support a wide range of industries. The hard lead can be used in grids and terminals, the soft lead for battery paste and the sulphuric acid can be turned into fertilisers for agricultural use, electrolytes, or turned into gypsum for fibre board construction.

 

By mechanising a previously manual process for lead-acid battery recycling, Recyclus can prioritise the safety and sustainability of our recycling processes, to ensure that Recyclus is taking a responsible approach to battery recycling.

 

The opening of the new plant comes only weeks after Recyclus announced the opening of its first laboratory, facilitating in-house testing for lead-acid and lithium-ion battery recycling processes.

 

Robin Brundle, Chairman of Technology Minerals, said: “With the opening of the lead-acid plant at Tipton, Recyclus are industrialising and mechanising a long-established industry that has traditionally been very labour intensive. The efficiencies of the plant – combined with Recyclus’ processes – really modernise the sector and will assist in reducing the number of batteries that are either incinerated or, worse still, sent to landfill.

 

“The UK has been in dire need of industrial-scale battery recycling technologies and the opening of this new plant at Tipton will help to provide a national capability to recycle lead-acid batteries. This is the first of ten plants Recyclus expects to open over the next six years to be a first mover in the battery recycling sector with its innovative IP in the Li-ion sector a driving factor in its expansion strategy.”

 

 

Enquiries

 

Technology Minerals Limited

Robin Brundle, Executive Chairman

Alexander Stanbury, Chief Executive Officer

+44 20 7618 9100

 

Arden Partners Plc

Ruari McGirr

+44 207 614 5900

Luther Pendragon

Harry Chathli, Alexis Gore, John Bick

+44 20 7618 9100

 

#TM1 Technology Minerals – Q&A: Building battery recycling capabilities

Technology Minerals is a London-based, LSE-listed company creating a circular economy for battery metals. The company, which is also engaged in extracting raw materials required for lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery cathodes, plans to increase its lead-acid battery recycling capability to 16,000 tonnes per annum by 2022, and 5,000 tonnes per annum for Li-ion batteries in the same time frame.

Robin Brundle, chairman of Technology Minerals plc, outlines TM’s plans to recycle batteries on an industrial scale.

 

We start full industrial-scale production in early 2022 with two plants, the first, which is currently being installed and will be ready for commissioning in January, is focused on lead-acid battery recycling. The second on lithium-ion battery recycling is now in a manufacture test phase and will be ready for commissioning in February 2022. The sites are both located in the Midlands.

Our recently announced partnership with Slicker Recycling provides a full UK footprint for safe custodianship of collection, of all types of li-ion batteries to our processing plants as we start to build front end inventory during 2022 and grow production. In addition, the wider Slicker group is also very strong in Europe offering a mirror image of the services they offer in the UK. So that could be, at the appropriate time, important for us as we build commercial relationships in Europe.

Can you explain how your recycling process works? How do you get the value out of the so-called ‘black mass’?

The process, for both lead-acid and li-ion, starts through our nationwide collection process and the safe delivery of the batteries to our processing plants in the Midlands.

The li-ion process is industry-leading, and we own the IP on both the process and the plant design. Our process safely deals with all five types of li-ion battery sciences and in any mix or combination at the same time. The plant is modular in design and thus cost effective and each plant can process 5,000 tones per year on a single shift basis. The plant is UK designed, UK manufactured and serviced by a UK company. What sets us apart is that our process does not use pyrolysis or saline solution, and this removes risk to the working environment.

On the lead-acid side, we are industrialising and mechanising a long-established industry that has traditionally been very labour intensive. The efficiencies of the plant combined with our processes really does modernise the sector and will assist in reducing the number of batteries that are either incinerated or worse still sent to landfill.

With regard to black mass, we are working on an end solution for the UK market – it is notable that as it stands – the UK doesn’t currently have the capability to process the black mass back to its constituent parts.

Until the UK has this capability, we have global offtake partners with whom we have already shared testing samples from our process. We already have these offtake partners in place as we build black mass production through 2022.

 

Are your processes patented and do you intend to license them?

On the li-ion plant, we are currently reviewing our patent applications for both the plant and the process. We are focused on retaining our early to market advantage and will take the necessary steps to do so. The final design and build of the plant have taken nearly two years and is testament to the engineering innovation that we have to hand in such depth in the UK.

UK set for industrial scale battery recycling

On the lead-acid side, we are currently writing a new process to surpass any previous patents that exist. The plant has been sourced from the UK, Europe and Brazil and takes circa eight months from order to completion.

What relationship do you have with Gigafactories?

We have a number of ongoing discussions with the battery OEMs which are at various stages of maturity, and also the tier one auto manufacturers to become their respective partners of choice. Certainly, we aim to build out our plants in line with customer requirements and, where appropriate, creating a bespoke recycling capability on-site which utilises the benefits of our modular processing plant and technology.

 

You are currently looking at Li-ion batteries from EVs. Do you plan on using other sources (laptops, tablets etc) of battery?

This proprietary process enables us to put all five sciences of lithium-ion batteries through our process, whether that is from portable devices, laptops, e-bikes, through to the heavier end of automotive and energy stations. Each battery type has a slightly different science, and our process allows us to safely recycle any combination through to the output of the ‘black mass’ material, which is rich in a number of the key metals which goes onto the final process of refining back to their respective form.

 

What markets are you targeting?  

Because of the ability of the process to handle all five sciences in lithium-ion batteries we are not restricted as to sector or industry, from the perspective of local authorities looking for safe handling and recycling, through to the automotive OEMs, fleet management and auto dealership networks we have the logistic solution and the re-purposing and then recycling engineering process that really does embrace a circular economy solution for end-of-use and end-of-life batteries.

 

More broadly, what percentage of your mined products do you expect to introduce into the mix over time? 

Our whole strategy is focused on the circular economy, and specifically in the battery sector, and as such we are targeting 100 per cent of all materials being used, be that mined or recycled.

The focus for our recycling operation longer term is on the UK and European markets with a view to grow to 20,000 tonnes of lithium-ion batteries and 60,000 tonnes of lead-acid batteries respectively per annum over the next decade.

The largest market opportunity is in the automotive industry, with 800,000 tonnes of battery per year, equating to ~70 per cent of the battery market in Europe

Lead-acid is the largest battery type with 831,000 tonnes, comprising over 72 per cent of the battery market in Europe.

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