Friday, September 8, 2023

Battery Recycler Redwood Materials Will Have 5 Million Square Feet Under Roof At Its Nevada Campus

Following on September 7's "EV Battery Recyclers Redwood Materials Raised Over $1 Billion". 

From the Nevada Appeal, September 7:

The Gigafactory may be the largest industrial building under roof at Tahoe Reno Industrial Center — and in the state of Nevada — but a neighboring company is rivaling that massive operation.

Redwood Material’s 300-acre campus at Tahoe Reno Industrial Center already includes about 1 million square feet under roof, and there’s currently an additional 2 million square feet of building space under construction, said Don Tatro, Redwood Material’s director of state and local policy.

At full buildout, Redwood Materials expects to have more than 5 million square feet of building space, along with an 815,000 square-foot industrial building at Victory Logistics District in Fernley and its company headquarters on Lockheed Way in Carson City.

Founded in 2017 by former Tesla Chief Technology Officer JB Straubel, Redwood Materials is creating a circular supply chain to recycle materials such as lithium, cobalt, nickel and copper from spent electric vehicle battery packs and consumer electronics powered by lithium-ion batteries.

“Our feedstock is anything from the batteries in laptops, Air pods, tablets and cell phones to EV batteries that we refine into anode and cathode materials,” Tatro said. “If you plug it in and it holds a charge, we will take it.”

Today, Redwood currently receives about 40 metric tons of lithium-ion batteries annually, enough to power more than 100,000 electric vehicles, said Sonja Koch, Redwood’s senior communications and consumer program manager. At full recycling capacity, however, the Northern Nevada facility could handle enough material to create more than 5 million EV batteries each year....


As we noted in a 2021 Redwood Materials post, "Watch Out Umicore: Ford partners with battery recycling and materials startup Redwood Materials":

Straubel was more than just Chief Technical Officer at Tesla. He was part of the company's founding team and more than anyone got the batteries and gigafactory into mass production. 

Which may explain the Go Big or Go Home approach to industrial facilities.