Metastable Materials, based in Bengaluru has announced the launch of its battery recycling facility in Karnataka. The facility is capable of processing 1,500 tonnes of dead batteries annually. The facility is located on the outskirts of Bengaluru and incorporates a chemical-free integrated carbothermal reduction process to extract valuable materials from dead lithium-ion batteries.
The unit is outfitted with advanced quality control and material handling capabilities to facilitate and manage the ‘waste-as-ore’ concept-based recycling of hazardous end-of-life batteries and products. After this new facility is put into service, the company is now looking forward to actively ramping up its production capabilities to reach its ideal capacity of processing 5 tonnes of raw materials through urban mining per day over the next few quarters.
Recently in August 2022, Metastable Materials inaugurated its research and development (R&D) and Innovation centre in Bengaluru. The metals that can be extracted include copper, aluminium, cobalt, nickel, and lithium. The startup’s recently built R&D department will work on process optimisation, equipment design and development, alongwith other important business areas. The 5,000 square-foot facility has a dedicated lab for quality analysis. The lab performs routine quality checks on extracted materials and focuses on ongoing process efficiency and yield improvements.