Cirba Solutions partners with Jacobs to build out battery material facilities to process critical minerals from electric vehicles and expand EV battery recycling capacity in North America.
Charlotte, NC (March 9, 2023) – Cirba Solutions, the largest and most comprehensive battery management and materials processor for end-of-life batteries and gigafactory manufacturing scrap, has partnered with Jacobs (NYSE:J), a leading professional services company focus on engineering design and facility buildout, to expand manufacturing capacity across North America for electric vehicle battery materials.
With electric vehicles expected to be 52% of total US car sales by 2030, building out the battery supply chain infrastructure now in preparation of the growing capacity needs is critical. “Cirba Solutions’ dedication to sustainability and expertise in lithium-ion processing, critical to powering the EV industry, makes them a great partner for Jacobs,” says Koti Vadlamudi, Senior Vice President, Global Business Solutions at Jacobs. “Their mission aligns with our purpose: to build a more connected and sustainable world.”
Jacobs’ recent recognition in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index in December 2022 is an example of how the company’s infrastructure projects in the sustainability sector corresponds to Cirba Solutions focus on ensuring all aspects of its business support a sustainable approach. With six operational facilities currently and an estimated total of 13 sites before 2030, Cirba Solutions is committed to enhancing the circular battery supply chain.
Jacobs is managing the facility design and supporting construction of new operations including the current $200 million expansion project in Cirba Solutions’ lithium-ion processing site in Lancaster, Ohio that recently received over $82 million in Department of Energy grants. These locations will bring hundreds of new jobs to local communities, expand the battery and sustainable sectors while also providing critical materials for electric vehicle manufacturing. Recycled content is expected to make up over 10% of the cobalt and nickel supply by 2030 and more than 40% of the market by 2050.
“Jacobs’ expertise and knowledge of an environmentally thoughtful approach is consistent with our focus to ensure our construction supports our strategic approach to technology and sustainability” says John Kelly, Vice President of Operations at Cirba Solutions.
At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With approximately $15 billion in annual revenue and a talent force of approximately 60,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.
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