Cyclic Materials on Recycling REEs, Critical Battery Materials

Maria Guerra / Battery Technology, Informa
November 20, 2023
Rare earth elements on the periodic table

In an era driven by technological advancements, the demand for rare earth elements (REEs) and critical battery materials has surged, powering everything from smartphones to electric vehicles. However, the extraction and disposal of these vital resources pose environmental challenges. In this article, we delve into the innovative world of recycling REEs and critical battery materials, exploring sustainable solutions that mitigate the ecological impact of these essential components.

At the forefront of this movement is Ahmad Ghahreman, the CEO of Cyclic Materials, one of the companies committed to revolutionizing the recycling landscape. In an interview for Battery Technology, Ghahreman shares insights into the company's groundbreaking initiatives, shedding light on how recycling technologies can meet the escalating demand for these materials and contribute to a greener and more sustainable future. Join us as we unravel the intricacies of recycling rare earth elements and critical battery materials and discover the transformative potential of Cyclic Materials' visionary approach.

Could you provide more details about the technology developed by Cyclic Materials for recycling REEs and other critical battery materials? What makes it unique and innovative compared to existing recycling methods?

"Cyclic Materials CEO Ahmed Ghahreman: Cyclic Material's patent-pending advanced metals recycling technology takes end-of-life consumer products and produces high-quality REEs and other critical materials for developing batteries, electric motors, and other products critical to modern life. We have two proprietary technologies. The first, Mag-Xtract, separates magnets and extracts critical metals (such as copper, aluminum, and steel) from end-of-life (EOL) products. The second is a Hydrometallurgy technology that recovers REEs from the reclaimed magnets. Our technology is unique because it is both magnet-agnostic and the first in the world to produce mixed rare earth oxide from recycled products.

We are also the only advanced metals recycling company with a holistic view of the magnet supply chain, from EOL products to raw materials for magnet manufacturing. Unlike most of our competition, we believe we should isolate and recycle magnets from EOL products rather than just process already isolated magnets. The latter group is only a very small portion of the market."

Read full interview on Battery Technology.

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