Ever Resource has scaled up a hydrometallurgical process for the recycling of lead‒acid battery paste. The process can reduce the carbon footprint of incumbent recyclers by an average of 85% and also cut waste outputs by more than 90%. Lead in the battery paste burden is converted into a lead organic salt, from which a range of nanostructured leady oxides are produced. Optimised conditions have been developed for the production of nanostructured alpha-PbO; beta-PbO; Pb2O3 and Pb3O4. These materials are typically produced with 10‒20% free-Pb, and the process is tailored to produce consistently the ratios of materials sought by the battery manufacturer.
Dr Athan Fox
Athan Fox graduated from the University of Cambridge with a PhD in Chemistry. He then undertook work in patent law and technology transfer that included a period with Cambridge Enterprise Ltd. Athan is now the CEO of Ever Resource, a circular economy innovator turning waste into feedstock and producing value-added products. The company is funded by the UK Government and the European Commission to scale up novel technologies for the recycling of lead-acid, lithium-ion and alkaline batteries.