Picture and Press Release: Li Cycle

Li Cycle Corp, one of the industry leaders in lithium-ion battery recycling in North America, has announced that its Alabama Spoke located in Tuscaloosa, has started commercial operations.  

The Alabama Spoke utilises Li-Cycle’s patented and environmentally friendly technology to recycle and directly process full EV battery packs without any dismantling through a submerged shredding process that produces no wastewater. 

Additionally, Li-Cycle’s full pack processing capability improves efficiency and is fit to process the growing variety of EV battery architectures, including cell-to-pack formats that have limited options for dismantling, which further differentiates the Company’s value proposition. 

The company’s battery supply customer base in southeastern U.S is growing rapidly, and therefore, the Alabama Spoke is strategically located to support these recycling needs.  

“Li-Cycle’s new battery recycling facility in Tuscaloosa adds a dynamic new dimension to Alabama’s evolving auto industry,” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said.  

“This facility will play an important role in the lifecycle of batteries powering electric vehicles by contributing an innovative sustainability solution”. 

“We are excited to announce that our Alabama Spoke has commenced operations,” said Ajay Kochhar, co-founder and CEO of Li-Cycle.  

“This facility enhances our ability to support the recycling needs of our diverse and growing customer base in North America to ensure lithium-ion battery material is recycled in an environmentally friendly and safe manner. Li-Cycle is creating an essential domestic supply of recycled material to support EV production and assist automakers in meeting their domestic production content requirements.” 

The company said that the Alabama Spoke is more than 100,000 square feet in size with an additional approximately 120,000 square feet in warehousing capacity. Alabama Spoke has created 45 new jobs and will leverage the key process improvements and optimisation projects implemented in Arizona to benefit operations, said the company’s press release. It has a total input capacity of 10,000 tonnes of lithium-ion battery materials per year and has flexibility to expand processing capacity in the future. 

The company predicts that they will have a total of 65,000 tonnes per year of lithium-ion battery material processing capacity across its Spoke network in North America and Europe.