Nevada Facility Based on Advanced New Lithium Extraction and Electrification Production Technologies
VIRGINIA CITY, Nev., Aug. 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Comstock Inc. (NYSE: LODE) (“Comstock” and the “Company”) today announced the issuance by Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (“NDEP”) of a Written Determination of Hazardous Waste Recycling (“Operating Permit”) to Comstock’s 90% owned subsidiary, LINICO Corporation (“LiNiCo”), authorizing LiNiCo to conduct lithium-ion battery (“LIB”) recycling and related operations at its 137,000 square foot battery metal recycling facility located in the Tahoe Reno Industrial (“TRI”) Center in Storey County, Nevada (“TRI Facility”).
Commencement of Construction and Operations
“We are pleased to receive this critical permit ahead of expectation,” said Corrado De Gasperis, Comstock’s and LiNiCo’s Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The Operating Permit is based on the first phase of LiNiCo’s advanced new LIB recycling technologies, including crushing, separating, lithium extraction and precursor cathode active products, designed for leading yields at a fraction of the capital and operating cost of all known lithium extraction and recycling methods.”
LiNiCo is currently building a commercial scale pilot facility for installation at the TRI Facility, with an anticipated commissioning and onset of operations in mid-2023, with lithium extraction capacity planned for the third quarter of 2023.
“We will use our commercial scale pilot and early adopter client agreements to confirm all engineering and other requirements for the scale-up and full commercial deployment of our unique processes at the TRI Facility,” added De Gasperis. “Our goal is to commence construction and expand to scale at the TRI Facility immediately after our commercial pilot confirmation is complete. A key advantage of LiNiCo’s technologies is that they are highly scalable and capable of being right sized to match the evolving and dynamic needs of the rapidly growing lithium recycling industry.”
Electrification and continued advancements in energy storage are vitally necessary to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. According to International Energy Agency (“IEA”), there were more than 10 million electric vehicles (“EVs”) on the road in 2020, with new EV registrations increasing by 41% over 2019 and another 140% during the first quarter of 2021. Meeting the increased EV demand is estimated to require about five times more lithium carbonate equivalent (“LCE”) than the entire lithium mining industry produces today. Miners and manufacturers may eventually scale up to meet that demand, however, according to a January 2021 USGS mineral commodity summary, there are only about 86 million tons of identified lithium reserves worldwide, and LIBs are typically landfilled after eight to ten years of use. In short, lithium demand is increasing globally, and a tsunami of lithium recycling demand is coming as new electrification products are deployed and age out of use.
De Gasperis concluded, “LiNiCo’s technologies are designed to meet the realities of that demand by enabling profitability at the earliest stages of production, thereby positioning LiNiCo to contribute billions to Comstock’s enterprise value based on existing valuations of comparable public companies. We are very pleased to receive our first major permit and we look forward to completing all remaining permitting requirements, including air quality, so we can commence recycling by mid-2023.”
About LiNiCo Corporation
LiNiCo Corporation (“LiNiCo”) holds the rights to a portfolio of innovative processes that efficiently crush and separate LIBs, extract lithium, nickel, cobalt, and graphite, and reuse the recovered metals to produce 99% pure cathode active precursor products. Collectively, these technologies give LiNiCo, and its existing 137,000 square foot battery metal recycling facility, differentiating competitive advantages, including the ability to process upwards of 100,000 tons of LIB and related feedstocks per year into an array of electrification products, including lithium, nickel, cobalt, graphite, and cathode materials.
About Comstock Inc.
Comstock (NYSE: LODE) innovates technologies that contribute to global decarbonization and circularity by efficiently converting under-utilized natural resources into renewable fuels and electrification products that contribute to balancing global uses and emissions of carbon. The Company intends to achieve exponential growth and extraordinary financial, natural, and social gains by building, owning, and operating a fleet of advanced carbon neutral extraction and refining facilities, by selling an array of complementary process solutions and related services, and by licensing selected technologies to qualified strategic partners. To learn more, please visit www.comstock.inc.
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Corrado De Gasperis