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Technology Minerals – Recycling Blueprint for the EV and Battery Industry a Racing Certainty?

By Arjun Thakkar and Alan Green

Along with Christmas parties, the most oft discussed topic in 2021 was almost certainly the COP26 conference, net zero carbon neutrality, sustainability, climate change and other aspirational matters pointing to an internal combustion engine free world. There’s plenty of awareness of the issues surrounding climate change and the environment, but the simple facts are that the leading economies around the world (never mind the developing nations) are woefully underprepared to tackle these issues and create the circular economy required to support sustainability.

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Technology Minerals #TM1 and Recyclus Group open UK laboratory

Technology Minerals Plc (LSE: TM1), the first listed UK company focused on creating a sustainable circular economy for battery metals, is pleased to announce it has opened its first laboratory suite at its new battery processing facility in Wolverhampton, UK.  

The new laboratory enables Recyclus Group, a 49% Technology Minerals owned company, to carry out its own in-house testing for both lead acid and lithium-ion (“Li-ion”) battery recycling processes.  

The testing facility comprises specialised equipment including an X-ray fluorescence machine (“XRF”) used for measuring the elemental composition of the various battery products. This technology is especially important for examining the lead content of the lead oxide paste and the levels of sulphur which, in turn, ensures the quality of the end product.

The laboratory also houses a Gas Chromatograph with an auto sampler which – when used in conjunction with wet chemical analysis – is crucial in establishing lithium levels and monitoring the in-process products to avoid any potential contamination. The facility has fire-safe, lockable cabinets for housing all the essential analytical chemicals used in the close monitoring of both the lead and lithium recycling processes. 

Robin Brundle, Chairman of Technology Minerals, said: “The opening of a new specialised laboratory at our battery processing facility in Wolverhampton is in line with our strategy and development programme for commissioning the first of our lithium-ion plants. It is another step towards our goal to significantly increase our recycling capacity in 2022 for lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries and ultimately help enhance the UK’s capabilities for battery recycling.”

Enquiries

 

Technology Minerals Limited

Robin Brundle, Executive Chairman

Alexander Stanbury, Chief Executive Officer

+44 20 7618 9100

 

Alfred Henry Corporate Finance Limited

Nick Michaels

+44 203 772 0021

Arden Partners Plc

Ruari McGirr

+44 207 614 5900

Luther Pendragon

Harry Chathli, Alexis Gore, John Bick

+44 20 7618 9100

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. TM 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 Limited 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  

UK Investor Magazine – Top Stock Picks for 2022 with Alan Green

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Alan Green joins the UK Investor Magazine Podcast to deliver his top stock picks for 2022.

We touch briefly on the economic outlook for 2022 before delving into the companies Alan will be keeping a particularly close eye on next year.

Top picks for 2022:

Technology Minerals #TM1

Power Metal Resources #POW

Blue Star Capital #BLU

IQE #IQE

Poolbeg Pharma #POLB

Tertiary Minerals #TYM

Special Mentions:

Coinsilium #COIN

Cadence Minerals #KDNC

A number of these companies have been discussed in greater detail on the Podcast this year so do check back through for great insight on companies mentioned.

Top Stock Picks for 2022 with Alan Green

Technology Minerals #TM1 and the Recyclus team in attendance at this weeks London EV Show

Technology Minerals and the Recyclus team in attendance at this weeks London EV Show @londonevshow

The event offers an exclusive platform for companies in the EV industry to showcase the latest products, services and innovations.

Visit Technology Minerals #TM1 at Stand G5 at the London EV Show

Come and meet the Technology Minerals #TM1 team on Stand G5 at the London EV Show. The show runs from today (Dec 14) to Thurs Dec 16 at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper St, Islington, London N1 0QH.

      

Technology Minerals #TM1 – Recyclus and WMG Partnership

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 Recyclus Group, a 49% Technology Minerals owned company, has agreed an engineering development partnership with WMG at the University of Warwick, a leading academic group providing research, education and knowledge transfer in engineering, management, manufacturing and technology. 

WMG and Recyclus have created an Engineering Doctorate (“EngD”) focused on battery recycling technologies and a transfer of current and future applications. The EngD encompasses a four-year programme supporting talented individuals at varying career stages to develop new critical skills sets in this sector and will also focus on addressing contemporary industrial and technical challenges across the battery recycling sector.

Recyclus has developed the first industrial scale process that can work across all of the key Lithium-ion (“Li-ion”) battery technologies and Recyclus and WMG will be sharing this important technology through the research programmes at WMG, working across a range of development areas.

Professor David Greenwood, WMG Director for Industrial Engagement and CEO of the WMG centre High Value Manufacturing Catapult said: 

“Whilst the UK industry has been remarkable in building a world class ecosystem supporting the development of our battery manufacturing capability, we must continue to innovate to capitalise on that success. 

In our September 2020 report, WMG highlighted that by 2040, UK automotive lithium-ion battery cell production alone will require 131,000 tonnes of cathodic metals. With the right infrastructure, recycling can supply 22% of this demand. This represents not only a positive environmental impact, but large savings for manufacturers that build the business case for increased battery recycling capabilities in the UK. 

The Recyclus Group Investment was needed to create suitable recycling facilities in the UK, and their process allows economic recovery of a large percentage of battery material. The process will help protect the environment, secure valuable raw materials, reduce the cost of transport and support the UK with its COP26 commitments. 

Our joint EngD programme will help drive the development of the skills base that will support the circular economy that we will see develop around battery materials as we accelerate the transition towards an electrified future” 

Alex Stanbury, Chief Executive Officer of Technology Minerals, said: “The Recyclus team have been working with WMG for nearly two years now, both sharing our respective expertise as we have been developing our proprietary processes across the five battery chemistries, and learning from WMG’s world-class research programmes. These are critical to achieving a leadership position for the UK, particularly developing proprietary technology for the processing of black mass into the key metals that can go back into the UK battery gigafactories supply chain and therefore significantly reduce the supply-side pressures.

There is a clear demand building as a result of the quantum shift to transport electrification, and that is now extending into key UK sectors, including energy storage, freight and aerospace. Working with WMG we will remain at the forefront of our sector, focused on extracting raw materials required for lithium-ion batteries, whilst solving the ecological issue of spent Li-ion batteries, by recycling them for re-use by battery manufacturers.” 

With the shortage forecast for key battery minerals in the near-immediate future, there is a concern that the road to the rollout of more electric vehicles will be congested. According to the Copper Development Association (CDA), the average copper content of an ICE vehicle is around 23kg, and this will increase to 60kg for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and to 83kg for pure EVs. Also, full electric buses can use between 224kg to 369kg of copper. According to a report released in February 2021 by the World Bureau of Metals Statistics ((WBMS)), the global copper market had a supply shortage of 1.391 million tons from January to December 2020, up from 383000 tons for the whole of 2019.

 According to an article published in Nature (Future Material Demand for Automotive Lithium-based Batteries, 9 Dec 2020), the increased demand between 2020-2050 for EVs will require a drastic expansion of lithium, cobalt, and nickel supply chains and likely additional resource discovery. The Directors believe that recycling of battery materials could play an important role in reducing the pressures on supply.  

Enquiries 

Technology Minerals Limited

Robin Brundle, Executive Chairman

Alexander Stanbury, Chief Executive Officer

+44 20 7618 9100

 

Alfred Henry Corporate Finance Limited

Nick Michaels

+44 203 772 0021

Arden Partners Plc

Ruari McGirr

+44 207 614 5900

Luther Pendragon

Harry Chathli, Alexis Gore, John Bick

+44 20 7618 9100

Alan Green covers Conroy Gold #CGNR and Technology Minerals #TM1 on this week’s Stockbox Research Talks

Alan Green covers Conroy Gold #CGNR and Technology Minerals #TM1 on this week’s Stockbox Research Talks

Technology Minerals #TM1 – Alan Green talks to Alex Stanbury & Robin Brundle

Technology Minerals #TM1 – Alex Stanbury, Robin Brundle & Alan Green discuss the group’s unique investment proposition and upcoming value inflection points. We discuss the group’s circular economy model, starting with the key battery metal mining projects in Ireland, Spain, USA and Cameroon before looking at the development of Recyclus, the group’s end-to-end recycling vehicle for lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries that completes the circular economy model. Robin and Alex discuss the upcoming developments for Q1, along with the expected uplift in group revenues & valuation.

Proactive Investors – Technology Minerals #TN1 hails Recyclus operation deal with battery collection group

Technology Minerals #TM1 – Chairman Robin Brundle joins Proactive London’s Katie Pilbeam about their 49% owned Recyclus Group signing a deal with Slicker Recycling to collect battery waste from around the UK and deliver it to its plants.

Recyclus has unique technologies that allow it to reprocess both lead-acid and lithium-ion power units. Next year the business expects to deal with 16,000 tonnes of the former and 5,000 tonnes of the latter.

Slicker Recycling has 13 depots and uses 25,000 collection points nationally.

Technology Minerals #TM1 – Partnership with Slicker Recycling

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 Recyclus Group, a 49% Technology Minerals owned company, has signed a partnership agreement with Slicker Recycling Limited (“Slicker Recycling”), one of the UK’s leading hazardous waste management and service delivery providers, with a view to further their visions of creating a circular economy for the UK battery market.

The agreement between Recyclus Group and Slicker Recycling (the “Partnership”) launches a national initiative with the aim of improving the UK capability for battery recycling from dangerous, small-scale manual operations to recycling safely and sustainably on an industrial scale – which the Company believes is a necessary development for the UK to reach its climate targets.

Slicker Recycling, which has 13 depots nationwide and executes more than 25,000 collections per annum, will collect battery waste from around the UK and safely transport it to the closest Recyclus Group Ltd (“Recyclus”) plant.  Recyclus is a battery-recycling business with innovative technology that can safely salvage key materials from spent batteries to produce black mass (consisting of cobalt, nickel, lithium, and manganese).  These recycled raw materials can then be subsequently fed back into the market for re-use and resale.  Recyclus will also test the safety of the batteries to determine whether they should be re-used or repurposed. Recyclus believes this partnership alone could deliver up to 40% of the lead-acid battery capacity, and up to 90% of its Li-ion capacity once the two plants are commissioned in Q1 2022.

The Partnership is expected to be a driver in Technology Minerals’ growth strategy and aim to increase its recycling capacity in 2022 for lead-acid batteries to 16,000 tonnes per annum and 5,000 tonnes per annum for lithium-ion (“Li-ion”) batteries.   

Alex Stanbury, Chief Executive Officer of Technology Minerals, said: “We are delighted to launch this national initiative for battery recycling in the UK and partner with Slicker Recycling, one of the UK’s largest waste collectors.  The Partnership will help ramp up our recycling capacity for both lead-acid and Li-ion batteries and builds on our strategy and goal to help tackle the critical upcoming supply shortages of the key minerals being used to drive the global transition to electric vehicles. 

“Technology Minerals and Slicker Recycling recognise the market need for an integrated, strategic waste management partnership, and this end-to-end logistical solution furthers both our interests in addressing the UK’s battery waste crisis. It is vital that companies work together to expand homegrown waste management solutions if the UK is to achieve its 2050 net-zero target.”

Mark Olpin, Managing Director of Slicker Recycling, said: “Diversifying into new and innovative markets is a key part of our growth plans and our link-up with Technology Minerals is a vital partnership to kick-start an effective, circular economy solution for the UK’s growing battery market.

“The raw materials extracted from the used batteries collected as part of this partnership will go back into industry as part of a closed loop solution. This is especially welcome at a time when electric car production and ownership is at its highest ever level, with that trend set to continue on a steep curve, therefore needing sustainable solutions to keep it moving and growing.

“We have strong credentials in the automotive sector so this partnership is the perfect fit at a time when both our organisations are firmly focused on the circular economy and how we preserve finite resources.

“Overall, we are delighted to be at the forefront of this forward-thinking partnership which is an example of how companies can join up their expertise for the good of the planet.”

Enquiries

Technology Minerals Limited

Robin Brundle, Executive Chairman

Alexander Stanbury, Chief Executive Officer

+44 20 7618 9100

Slicker Recycling

Mark Olpin, Managing Director

Laura Carter, Commercial Director

+ 44330 159 8325

Alfred Henry Corporate Finance Limited

Nick Michaels

+44 203 772 0021

Arden Partners Plc

Ruari McGirr

+44 207 614 5900

Luther Pendragon

Harry Chathli, Alexis Gore, John Bick

+44 20 7618 9100

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. TM 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 Limited 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   

Slicker Recycling

With depots across the UK, Slicker Recycling specialises in the national collection and recycling of hazardous lubricating oils which have been previously used in motor vehicles and machinery. Aside from hazardous and non-hazardous waste collections, Slicker also provides interceptor and drainage services, tank cleaning and decommissioning, and chemical waste removal. Slicker employs almost 200 people and in July 2020, launched a £70 million base oil re-refinery in Denmark as part of a joint venture with its German partner, Avista AG.   Further information on Slicker Recycling at www.slickerrecycling.com  

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