American Battery Technology Company, an integrated critical battery materials company that is commercializing its technologies for both primary battery minerals manufacturing and secondary minerals lithium-ion battery recycling, hosted U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and members of her staff at its commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility.  The tour follows American Battery Technology Company’s (ABTC) recent announcement of its first successful manufacturing of lithium hydroxide from its first-of-kind, Nevada-based claystone integrated demonstration plant that was constructed with support from a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

“I’m very proud of our team for constructing and commissioning ahead of schedule our multi-tonne per day demonstration system for the manufacturing of battery grade lithium hydroxide from our own Nevada-based sedimentary claystone resource,” stated American Battery Technology Company CEO Ryan Melsert.  “It was an especially proud moment to have Secretary Granholm come onsite to tour this demonstration facility, to review our progress on scaling this technology even further to our commercial scale refinery with support from an additional U.S. DOE grant, and to have so many of our strategic partners and stakeholders onsite to galvanize our path forward and align to establishing a true US closed-loop battery supply chain.”

During the visit, Secretary Granholm toured ABTC’s lithium hydroxide from claystone demonstration facility, its lithium-ion battery recycling plant, and met several ABTC strategic partners and stakeholder leaders who participated in the tour and events. The tour started with ABTC’s lithium hydroxide from claystone demonstration facility highlighting the company’s integrated, first-of-kind process train specifically designed to access the lithium in these types of US-based unconventional resources to produce a low-cost and low environmental impact lithium hydroxide monohydrate product (LiOH) that meets the rigorous specifications for use in high energy density battery cathode manufacturing. While the U.S. does not hold large deposits of conventional lithium resources, such as hard rock ores and lithium-rich brines, it does have significant amounts of lithium held in unconventional deposits, such as sedimentary claystone resources. To date, attempts to produce battery-grade lithium products from these vast quantities of lithium-bearing unconventional sedimentary resources have utilized processes that were designed for conventional hard rock or brine-based resources, and as a result were not economically competitive.

With its demonstration facility now operational, ABTC is working to further evolve this technology by constructing a commercial-scale 30,000 tons lithium hydroxide per year refinery utilizing this system design directly at its Tonopah Flats Lithium Project, which has been identified as one of the largest lithium resources in the U.S.  In October 2022, ABTC was selected for an additional competitively awarded $57.5 million grant from the U.S. DOE for a $115M project to support the construction of this commercial refinery. ABTC has engaged one of the premier global construction firms, Black & Veatch, for the engineering, procurement, and construction of this commercial-scale lithium hydroxide refinery.

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