ACE Green Recycling to Build Battery Recycling Park in Texas

Recycling technology company, ACE Green Recycling (ACE) has announced its plans to build and operate North America‘s “largest emission-free and sustainable battery recycling park” in Texas, USA.

The facility will be able to recycle both lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries when fully operational, the company informed in a press release. It is expected to start its first phase of operations in the third quarter of 2023, “starting with the recycling of lead-acid batteries using ACE‘s proprietary emission-free battery recycling technology and followed with a lithium-ion battery recycling facility in proximity”. When operating at full capacity, ACE expects the facility to process and recycle up to 100,000 metric tons of used lead-acid batteries and 20,000 metric tons of used lithium-ion batteries annually by 2025.

“Traditionally, battery recycling is via the smelting process which involves operating at extremely high temperatures – often more than 1,000 °C – with the burning of expensive and polluting fossil fuels, producing significant greenhouse gases (GHG), and exposing workers to hazardous working conditions,” ACE Green Recycling stated. “Compared to smelting, ACE‘s proprietary technologies for both lead-acid and lithium-ion battery recycling are fully electrified with zero carbon emissions and provide higher battery material yields while providing a safer workplace environment.

ACE is also exploring opportunities for operating most of its key plant activities with solar energy to reduce the facility‘s Scope 2 emissions.” As reported, the company had already deployed its technology on a commercial scale and is set to announce new facilities in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East by early 2023. Recently ACE announced a deal with Pondy Oxides & Chemicals Ltd, a leading recycler in India.

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 2/2022, Page 41, Photo: Marc Weigert)