Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 25th March
Electronics recycler ERI and Redwood Materials are partnering on both battery and solar panel recycling. Redwoods Materials, co-founded by former Tesla CTO JB Straubel, is dedicated to handling e-waste responsibly.
“ERI and Redwood Materials working together signals a unique, unprecedented partnership that will tackle the ‘last mile’ of electronic recycling: solar panels and batteries,” said John Shegerian, ERI’s Co-Founder and Executive Chairman. “And it will be done in a radically transparent, end-to-end closed-loop manner where elements – from cobalt, nickel, copper, lithium – will be kept out of landfills, responsibly recycled, and put back into new products.”
“Redwood is focused on steadily and relentlessly improving recycling economics with technology to reduce the cost of materials and create a circular supply chain to power a sustainable future,” said Straubel, Redwood Materials CEO. “By partnering with ERI, we’ll be able to ensure the largest supply of e-waste batteries in the U.S. is recycled into materials to build new EVs and clean energy products.”
According to Forbes, Redwood will receive up to 30 tons of lithium batteries collected by ERI each week. Redwood is also starting a pilot program to recover materials from solar panels collected by ERI.
Redwood currently operates two processing facilities in Nevada, focused on batteries.