Joint venture for electric vehicle battery recycling in Poland

Elemental Strategic Metals and Ascend Elements have announced the formation of AE Elemental, a joint venture based in Zawiercie, Poland.

Together, the companies will jointly own (50/50) and operate a newly constructed electric vehicle (EV) battery recycling facility in Zawiercie, Poland. The facility will disassemble, discharge and shred EV batteries to produce black mass, which can be used to make new engineered EV battery materials, including cathode active material (CAM) and cathode precursor (pCAM). The facility has the capacity to recycle up to 12,000 metric tons of batteries per year, or approximately 28,000 EV batteries annually.

Both JV partners agreed to jointly invest in large-scale lithium extraction from black mass. Lithium extraction capabilities producing up to 20 000 metric tons of black mass per year will begin construction in Fall 2024 to be operational in 2026.

Additionally, the companies plan to begin building a new, state-of-the-art EV battery recycling facility in central Germany. The AE Elemental facility in Germany will have the capacity to recycle up to 25,000 metric tons of batteries per year, or approximately 58,000 EVs annually.


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