Tesla Got a New Neighbor That Can Clean Up Batteries
The world's first electro-chemical lead battery recycling plant of its kind has bigger plans for Northern Nevada. Aqua Metals announced that it will expand capacity for its AquaRefinery under construction east of Reno-Sparks after officially closing on its $10 million loan with Green Bank.
"The fact that Aqua Metals will make lead battery recycling a clean and safe process for workers and the surrounding communities is a double bonus," said Sarah Adler, Nevada State Director of USDA Rural Development, in a statement.
Aqua Metals facility, which is under construction at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, uses a clean technology that recycles lead from batteries. Lead batteries are typically recycled through smelting, which produces polluting emissions.
In addition to producing almost zero emissions, the AquaRefinery technology is also more cost effective than smelting.
"We have been able to develop a plan to produce lead at 80 tonnes per day and then to expand to 160 tonnes per day by
2018," Clarke said. "We are excited to be part of the USDA's Rural Development Program to bring new and innovative
technologies and jobs to the heart of America."
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