July 1, 2021: Aqua Metals, the lead battery recycling company, on July 1 said it had signed a letter of intent with Taiwanese lead refining company ACME Metal Enterprise to use Aqua Metals’ equipment at a facility in Keelung.
The two companies also intend to develop a process to convert the briquettes formed with the AquaRefining technique directly into battery-grade lead oxide with the use of a ball mill.
Aqua Metals has already, it says, converted briquettes into lead oxide using the Barton pot method.
The letter of intent provides 60 days in which to finalize the details and also contains provisions for an unnamed ‘global battery manufacturer’ to jointly develop the briquette processing into battery-ready oxide material.
ACME Metal Enterprise is headed by Linus Lu, who took over in 1984.
“This partnership allows ACME to expand its business relationships with large battery manufacturers and establish itself as the first green tech lead recycler in Asia,” he said.
The company’s main products are lead calcium and lead antimony alloys, which it began to market in 1993.