Jacobs and Cirba Solutions Expand US Battery Recycling
Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
Cirba Solutions, a company that handles end-of-life batteries and gigafactory scrap, has chosen Jacobs to enhance manufacturing capacity for eco-friendly EV battery materials in North America.
Jacobs is responsible for overseeing the design of facilities and providing construction support for several locations, which includes overseeing an expansion project at Cirba Solutions' lithium-ion processing site located in Lancaster, Ohio.
The estimated cost for the expansion project is $200 million, and the site was recently awarded grants worth over $82 million by the U.S. Department of Energy.
According to Jacobs Global Business Units Senior Vice President Koti Vadlamudi, Jacobs has extensive experience in electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing and transit decarbonisation and has provided support to clients across the globe in this expanding industry.
However, a more circular and sustainable battery supply chain is crucial for the true decarbonisation of the transportation sector in North America. He further stated that Cirba Solutions' expansion project would increase capacity in the United States and promote circularity, contributing towards making the EV industry and the world more sustainable.
Cirba Solutions' Vice President of Operations, John Kelly, stated that Jacobs' expertise and knowledge of environmentally responsible practices aligns with their focus on ensuring that their construction practices support their strategic approach to technology and sustainability.
Jacobs is not only working with clients involved in the battery supply chain but also delivering solutions across the entire EV industry, including vehicle manufacturing, transit decarbonisation, power generation and supply, as well as funding and grant support.
This is happening as the demand for electric and hybrid vehicles is expected to increase, with projections indicating that they will represent 52% of total U.S. car sales by 2030.
Additionally, the recently authorised bipartisan Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act and Inflation Reduction Act have made federal funding and tax credits available for manufacturing, charging, and power infrastructure.
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