Prudentia were engaged by Li-Cycle to develop the process design concept for a Definitive Feasibility Study. The project involved processing black mass, which is crushed battery materials containing Nickel, Cobalt and Lithium, so the key ingredients can be recycled and made back into batteries.
Li-Cycle approached Prudentia after performing preliminary work with HATCH. Our role initially was to assist with testwork development and integration, however Li-Cycle quickly asked us to help develop the Mass Balance using testwork to confirm the flowsheet and importantly product purity. A number of refinements were required to gain extra confidence with the complex flowsheet needing to take a variety of feeds.
We also performed initial layout work to optimise the facility for the proposed location. We also engaged with key technology vendors including Metso-Outotec for the critical solvent extraction circuit.
Prudentia worked in an integrated team with the selected EPC partner to obtain pricing for equipment, design the facility to obtain material take-offs for earthworks, civils, structural steel, and piping.