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ABTC Awarded $20 Million Tax Credit to Advance Battery Recycling Facility


American Battery Technology Company (ABTC) has been chosen to receive an approximately $20 million award through

American Battery Technology Company (ABTC) has been chosen to receive an approximately $20 million award through the Qualifying Advanced Energy Project Credits program (48C). This selection was made by the U.S. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service after a rigorous technical and economic evaluation conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The assessment focused on the capability of applicant facilities to advance the development of globally competitive critical material recycling, processing, and refining infrastructure in the United States.

“We are proud to have been selected for this highly competitive award, and humbled to have been chosen within a program where less than one-tenth of the requested funds were ultimately selected for award,” stated ABTC CEO Ryan Melsert. “These funds will facilitate the acceleration of the buildout and start of operations of our commercial scale hydrometallurgy-based recycled battery minerals processing and refinement systems to increase the overall capacity for domestic critical mineral manufacturing.”

ABTC is commercializing its internally-developed recycling process that utilizes an upfront strategic de-manufacturing process followed by a targeted chemical extraction train in order to recover battery materials with high yields, low cost, and with a low environmental footprint. These ABTC recycling technologies have won several competitive corporate awards and government grants and are fundamentally different than conventional methods of battery recycling, which generally utilize either high temperature smelting operations or non-strategic shredding systems.

This $20 million award can be utilized both for the reimbursement of capital expenditures spent to date, and also for equipment and infrastructure for additional value-add operations at ABTC’s battery recycling facility in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) in Storey County, Nevada. Combined with ABTC’s previously awarded U.S. DOE grants totaling over $70 million, these funds support investment in the company’s battery recycling and primary battery metals commercialization efforts to buildout a domestically-sourced battery metals circular supply chain.  These efforts simultaneously aim to foster a sustainable and equitable workforce through partnerships that can propel the new energy transition.

ABTC is working to foster improved access to jobs for members of the community, including under-represented individuals and those facing barriers to employment, by leveraging U.S. DOE investments and through partnerships with workforce development and government agencies.

In collaboration with and support from strategic partners, such as the University of Nevada, Reno, the  Nevada Battery Coalition, the Nevada’s Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Nevada Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation, and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation, ABTC is actively engaged and involved in positioning Nevada as a leading fulcrum of the battery metals supply chain in North America. 


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