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AquaMetals breaks ground on $30M battery recycling plant in Nevada

AquaMetals technology more efficient than traditional recycling


AquaMetals new recycling factory will be east of Reno, near Tesla Motors electric battery factory.  AquaMetals image.

RENO, Nev. – A California company has broken ground on a $30-million battery recycling plant in Nevada that federal officials say will be the first of its kind in the world.

AquaMetals is building the plant at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center east of Reno where Tesla Motors is building its electric battery factory.

The U.S Department of Agriculture guaranteed a $10 million business loan for the Oakland-based company to complete the world’s first commercial-scale electro-chemical lead battery and recycling plant.

AquaMetals officials say the technology they call “AquaRefining” is more efficient and environmentally friendly than traditional recycling.

USDA Rural Development spokeswoman Kelly Clark told the Reno Gazette-Journal ( it uses a new water-based process to remove the lead instead of smelters that create toxic waste.

Operations are expected to begin in 2016.

The Canadian Press

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