Aqua Metals Cooperates with Veolia North America Regeneration Services

Aqua Metals, Inc., which has invented AquaRefining technology, has signed a long-term contract with Veolia North America Regeneration Services LLC to provide operations, maintenance and management services at Aqua Metals’ AquaRefining facility in McCarran, Nevada.

Veolia will contribute operational and technological expertise and organizational capabilities in aqueous-based process chemistries and electrolysis along with taking on responsibility for operations, supply chain, offtake and management of the plant. The goal is to bring the plant operations to 16 modules of AquaRefining capacity by the end of 2019 and to increase the future rates in 2020.

As is underlined by Aqua Metals, this partnership will expand Veolia’s Regeneration Services business, “which operates seven sites in North America using technologies fundamental to circular economy processes, including beneficial reuse of high-value sulfur derivative in AquaRefining”.

“Having Veolia manage operations at the McCarran plant facilitates our transition to the next phase of our business strategy which is to become a capital-light technology licensing organization that expands AquaRefining technology into battery recycling centers across the globe,” Steve Cotton, President and CEO of Aqua Metals, is cited. “Licensing AquaRefining technology will enable battery recycling facilities to increase production to meet rising demand without increasing environmental impact. Recycling facilities will also gain the added value of producing a higher quality product with promising advantages for improving battery performance and lifecycle. We look forward to working with Veolia as a long-term strategic partner.”

USA-based Aqua Metals, Inc. is realizing lead recycling with its patented AquaRefining technology. Unlike smelting, AquaRefining is a room temperature, water-based process that emits less pollution, the information says. Moreover, the modular systems are intended to allow the company to vastly reduce environmental impact and scale lead acid recycling production capacity by licensing the AquaRefining technology to partners. Accordingly, this would meet growing demand for lead to power new applications including stop/start automobile batteries, which complement the vehicle’s main battery as well as Internet data centers, alternative energy applications including solar, wind, and grid scale storage.

Aqua Metals has built its first recycling facility in Nevada’s Tahoe Reno Industrial Complex.

(GR 32019, Page 10, Photo: Aqua Metals)