ENVIROSTREAM Australia, a subsidiary of Lithium Australia, reports the first shipment of mixed metal dust has left its upgraded battery recycling plant in Campbellfield, Victoria.
That shipment included high-value mixed metal dust MMD containing the energy metals cobalt, nickel, lithium and graphite.
Lithium Australia managing director, Adrian Griffin, said, “This shipment from Envirostream’s expanded operation is another important milestone in terms of revenue generation”.
“By acquiring Envirostream and expanding its processing capacity, the company is developing an environmentally responsible framework for Australian battery consumers,” Mr Griffin said.
Lithium Australia aims to ensure an ethical and sustainable supply of energy metals to the battery industry (enhancing energy security in the process) by creating a circular battery economy. The recycling of old lithium-ion batteries to new is intrinsic to this plan.
Lithium Australia is to produce advanced components for the battery industry globally and sell lithium-ion batteries into the stationary energy storage systems within Australia while continuing R&D on its proprietary extraction processes.
The latter are designed to convert all lithium silicates (including mine waste), as well as unused fines from spodumene processing, into lithium chemicals.
By uniting resources and innovation, the company seeks to vertically integrate lithium extraction, processing and recycling.
“We aim to encourage sustainable battery use with minimal environmental impact,” Mr Griffin said.