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Garrison Minerals & Partners Selected for US Department of Energy Research & Development Project

Updated: Feb 15, 2021

We are excited to announce, in collaboration with Big Blue Technologies, Irish Metals, Telex Metals, and Retriev Technologies, our selection for grant monies from the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) through the US Dept. of Energy and Ames Laboratory.


As stated on the Ames Laboratory/US Dept. of Energy website, The Critical Materials Institute is a U.S. DOE Energy Innovation Hub led by Ames Laboratory, and supports early-stage research to advance innovation in U.S. manufacturing. CMI seeks ways to eliminate and reduce reliance on rare-earth metals and other materials critical to the success of clean energy technologies.

According to CMI, these projects are designed to expand the research portfolio to address unlocking domestic sources of cobalt (Co) and improve conversion of rare earth oxides to metal while improving the recovery of critical materials from Lithium-ion batteries. The goal is establish a domestic supply chain for these critical materials using industry partnerships.

“The projects we selected pursue some of the most urgent domestic supply chain challenges U.S. manufacturing face in the pursuit of existing or new technologies,” said CMI Director Thomas Lograsso. “The Department of Energy has identified these areas as a high priority for research, and our teams of scientists will be tackling it on several fronts through these projects.”

Our Contribution:

Our team of magnesium metal professionals, including Mac McCreless, Aaron Palumbo, Boris Chubukov, Mike Irish, and Lee Welgs submitted a proposal through CMI's Open

Innovation Project to explore a new way of separating metals from end-of-life batteries to reclaim the critical materials for reinsertion into the battery manufacturing supply chain. In not so many words, we plan to discover an innovative means of recycling Lithium-ion batteries while improving the economics of said process.

The project is titled:

"Sulfur Dioxide Leaching and Electro-winning for the Recovery of Cobalt, Lithium, and Manganese from Lithium-Ion Battery Cake"

"Big Blue Technologies is pleased to collaborate on this project to recover critical materials from end-of-life batteries. Garrison Minerals has put together a committed and exceptional team to help develop a process technology to address the impending problems arising from sourcing battery materials related to the proliferation of electrified vehicle fleets," contributed Aaron Palumbo, Ph.D., CEO BBT "This funding will help close technology gaps to achieve economic circularity for battery materials within the U.S."

Other selected entities include:

  • Terves LLC, in collaboration with Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Ames Laboratory and Powdermet Inc.

  • The Colorado School of Mines, in collaboration with First Cobalt

  • The DOE Run Resources Company, in collaboration with Missouri University of Science and Technology and OLI Systems, Inc.



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