Primobius GmbH, a joint venture company owned 50:50 by Neometals Ltd in West Perth in Australia and SMS group GmbH, of Germany announced the execution of a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the Slovakian battery manufacturing company, InoBat Auto jsa Bratislava. The agreement represents the first steps to Primobius commercial roll-out in Europe and should secure a source for significant volumes of critical plant feed.
The MoU provides an evaluation framework towards a potential Primobius-InoBat cooperation to operate a commercial lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Eastern Europe. The commercial shredding operations would be fed by InoBat’s battery production scrap and this is anticipated to be followed by hydrometallurgical refining of the black mass, output of the shredding operations, in a hub facility to generate cathode raw materials.
The agreement comes just one month after finalization of Primobius’ incorporation process and underlines the future-oriented lithium battery recycling process designed to generate low CO2 emissions and to deliver high purity chemicals back to the battery manufacturing sector. Based on the Canadian pilot plant in Lakefield, Primobius is currently setting up a demonstration plant in Hilchenbach, Germany, with planned trials in Q2 2021.
The Primobius stage one facility for commercial operation is intended to process 20,000 tons per year of input material.