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    ACE Green Recycling: Pioneering a hydrometallurgical recycling process

    ACE Green Recycling has pioneered an innovative hydrometallurgical recycling process for both lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries, fulfilling the requirement for sustainable end-of-life solutions for batteries.

    ACE Green Recycling (ACE) is building the world’s first battery recycling technology platform with sustainable, emissions-free solutions for both lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries. With recovery rates in excess of 99% and 98% respectively, ACE is a global leader in sustainable battery recycling solutions.

    With the widespread deployment of sustainable energy storage solutions as the world strives for a greener future, the need for environmentally sustainable end-of-life solutions for batteries increases. In response to this, ACE has developed a hydrometallurgical recycling process, which is a closed-loop solution that can effectively and economically recover valuable battery materials to meet rising demand. This technology can be applied to both lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries.

    ACE’s hydrometallurgical recycling process

    ACE’s proprietary technology is profoundly revitalising the lead recycling industry, which currently generates significant amounts of pollution. ACE is the first company of its kind to develop and deploy a 100% electrified hydrometallurgical recycling process that is completely GHG emissions-free that also reduces solid waste generation by up to 80%. Unlike traditional smelting recovery, ACE’s solution operates at room temperature, which greatly enhances workplace safety whilst simultaneously delivering superior cost economics.

    The company’s lead-acid battery solution is currently being deployed at a commercial-scale in facilities across the world. This is revolutionising one of the world’s most pollutive industries and guaranteeing a greener future for one of the world’s most deployed energy storage technologies.

    Additionally, ACE has achieved recovery yields of over 98%, as its flexible technology is able to handle a wide range of lithium-ion battery chemistries. ACE’s first commercial-scale lithium-ion facility is set to be operational by Q3 2022, with rapid deployment expected in 2023 across at least three different countries.

    How does ACE intend to revolutionise the processing and recycling of battery waste?

    ACE’s senior management possesses decades of experience in the metals industry across multiple functional roles. The company understands the requirements and nuances of an often difficult to manage supply chain. It leverages its networks and connections to secure a resilient supply network that can navigate the challenges of rising demand for critical battery materials.

    In its quest to make global electrification truly sustainable, ACE is considering both the traditional developed markets of Europe and North America, and is also fast expanding and improving the battery recycling industry in emerging markets – thereby giving real-world commercial and technological opportunities to billions.

    With its cost-competitive and modular solutions, ACE intends to facilitate a radical change in the processing and recycling of battery waste by working with trusted local partners to address and satisfy a vision for clean and sustainable electrification.

    The company is also set to deploy recycling solutions across a range of additional metals chemistries, including e-waste, exotic metal dross, mine tailings, and smelter solid waste. Ongoing R&D is already on a path for clear commercialisation that will leverage on ACE’s existing supply chain efficiencies.

    AREAS OF EXPERTISE:

    • The hydrometallurgical recycling of lead-acid batteries;
    • The hydrometallurgical recycling of lithium-ion batteries;
    • Emissions-free battery recycling solutions; and
    • End-to-end battery scrap and metals supply chain solutions.

    COMPANY INTERESTS:

    • The recovery of metallic and non-metallic battery materials;
    • Hydrometallurgical recovery of battery-grade materials; and
    • Clean technology solutions for other metallic waste streams.

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