Li-Cycle ramps up Kingston operations

KINGSTON — An organization that processes lithium-ion batteries and recycles beneficial supplies from them is celebrating key milestones at its Kingston facility.

Li-Cycle Corp. marked the opening of the primary a part of its operations, which is to supply processing for as much as 5,000 tonnes of lithium-ion batteries.

The corporate additionally marked the completion of its demonstration hub to find out key design standards for the constructing of its first business hub in North America, scheduled for 2022.

“As a part of Li-Cycle’s commercialization technique, the present services in Kingston allow us to develop and leverage our Spoke and Hub applied sciences as a template for the build-out of the Industrial Spokes and Hubs globally,” firm co-founder and chief govt officer  Ajay Kochhar mentioned. “Li-Cycle is proud to deliver our sustainable applied sciences to Kingston, in addition to contribute to the expansion of the cleantech business. We’re dedicated to the decarbonization financial system in Kingston and world wide.”

The corporate’s expertise permits for the recycling of as much as 95 per cent of the important thing supplies present in lithium-ion batteries.

These supplies, together with cobalt, lithium and nickel, are then obtainable for reuse.

At full capability from 2021 to 2035, Li-Cycle’s international market plan is forecasted to lead to a web discount of the equal of as much as 3,700 kilotonnes of carbon dioxide.

“We’re so excited to welcome Li-Cycle’s first demonstration to Kingston,” Donna Gillespie of the Kingston Financial Improvement Company mentioned. “Li-Cycle is a frontrunner in clear applied sciences, and it has been unbelievable to observe Li-Cycle course of 50 tonnes of lithium-ion batteries per 12 months to five,000 tonnes per 12 months in Kingston.”

Li-Cycle is amongst different Kingston-area firms which might be investing within the cleantech sector, which additionally consists of Samsung Renewable Vitality Inc.’s funding within the 100-megawatt Kingston Photo voltaic facility, Lafarge Canada’s low carbon gasoline demonstration pilot plant, and Canadian Wollastonite’s work in the direction of decarbonizing choices for low-carbon mining.

Li-Cycle’s work bolsters Kingston’s effort to maneuver away from a carbon-intensive financial system.

The Ontario authorities is shopping for the province’s first electric-powered ferries to function between Kingston and Wolfe Island and Millhaven and Amherst Island. 

The town has additionally expanded its community of electrical car charging stations.

In January, Li-Cycle was named from amongst nearly 14,000 firms as a 2020 World Cleantech 100 Firm by the Cleantech Group. 

In July, Li-Cycle was named as a finalist for the Round Economic system Venture of the 12 months by the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards.

“I’m thrilled to have the ability to welcome Li-Cycle to Kingston,” Mayor Bryan Paterson mentioned. “As a metropolis, we’re dedicated to demonstrating management on local weather motion and so we’re excited to have such a number one firm, dedicated to sustainability, resolve to make Kingston residence.”