Regenerate Technology to launch lead ‘upcycling’ plant in Italy, says CTO Athan Fox

Regenerate Technology to launch lead ‘upcycling’ plant in Italy, says CTO Athan Fox

Regenerate Technology to launch lead ‘upcycling’ plant in Italy, says CTO Athan Fox 1024 1024 Batteries International

February 15, 2024: Regenerate Technology Global said on February 13 it had secured a long-term lease of a former lead battery manufacturing plant in Italy where it will launch a lead recycling operation. Full details will appear in next week’s bulletin.

Regenerate co-founder and CTO Athan Fox said the company, which also has an option to buy the plant, is renovating the 125,000 ft2 facility in Bologna and plans to start “upcycling” of lead acid batteries by this summer.

Fox did not disclose details of the technology involved, but claimed operations at the site will mark a “significant leap in commercial-scale, upcycled leady oxides production”.

Regenerate’s CEO and co-founder is David Batstone, founder of US-based social impact investments company Just Business. Batstone was an early investor and former board member of the American Battery Technology Company.

Batstone is also a former CEO of Blackstone Technology — the German 3D printed batteries tech development subsidiary of Swiss holding company Blackstone Resources.

The general manager of Regenerate’s EU and UK operations is Miles Freeman, who is the managing director of UK-based Ever Resource (formerly Aurelius Technology) — which announced on January 31 it was merging with Regenerate.

Ever Resource was established in 2020 by Freeman and Fox, who was that company’s CEO.

In a related move, Fenix Battery Recycling has also merged with Regenerate, according to a January 15 announcement.

Freeman and Fox were among the founders of Fenix in 2020.

Fenix, according to its website, expects to start lithium ion battery recycling operations at its facility in Glasgow, Scotland, this year.