Jacobs expands US battery recycling in $200m deal

Jacobs expands US battery recycling in $200m deal

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By Nick Flaherty

Jacobs is working with Cirba Solutions to design lithium battery recycling plants across the US in a $200m deal.

Cirba is a battery materials and management company for end-of-life batteries and gigafactory scrap, to expand manufacturing capacity for sustainable electric vehicle (EV) battery materials across North America.

Jacobs is managing the facility design and supporting construction of multiple site locations, including an expansion at Cirba’s lithium-ion processing site in Lancaster, Ohio. The expansion project is estimated at $200 million, and the site recently received over $82 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Cirba is one of the largest producers of black mass from recycled lithium-ion batteries. It is also the most experienced lithium-ion recycler in North America, with more than 25m kilos of EV batteries recycled. The company’s industry-leading operations will shape the Lancaster facility’s evolution to source critical raw materials domestically and create a circular economy for EVs.

“Expanding the capacity for lithium-ion battery recycling within the United States is imperative as the country seeks to increase domestically sourced battery materials,” said David Klanecky, president and CEO of Cirba Solutions. “This will be one of many of our operational investments to strengthen supply, enhance national security, and promote sustainability principles. It will also bolster more manufacturers’ ability to reach their electrification goals, including those set out in the Inflation Reduction Act.”

“Jacobs has rich experience in EV manufacturing and transit decarbonization, supporting clients globally in this growing industry. However, a more circular and sustainable battery supply chain will be critical if EVs are to truly decarbonize our transportation sector in North America,” said Jacobs Global Business Units Senior Vice President Koti Vadlamudi.

“Jacobs’ expertise and knowledge of an environmentally thoughtful approach is consistent with our focus to ensure our construction supports our strategic approach to technology and sustainability,” said Cirba Solutions Vice President of Operations John Kelly.

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