Monday, February 26, 2024

Rawr? Inexperienced Li-ion recharges with $20.5M to scale its recycling tech


Inexperienced Li-ion says its battery recycling machines are the “measurement of a small home,” so it’s no surprise the Singapore-based startup wanted to prime up on funds. It’d solely raised about $15 million forward of its newest money infusion.

This week, Inexperienced Li-ion introduced a $20.5 million “pre-Sequence B” spherical led by climate-tech investor TRIREC. The startup mentioned different buyers, together with SOSV and Equinor Ventures (the VC arm of the Norway-owned fossil gasoline big), additionally chipped in.

The deal boosts Inexperienced Li-ion’s post-money valuation to $187 million after simply three years, chief govt Leon Farrant instructed TechCrunch. The startup’s emblem is (you guessed it!) a inexperienced lion.

The brand new money will assist the startup scale manufacturing of its recycling tech, which the agency says can course of “100% of all used lithium batteries” and come out precursor cathode lively materials that’ll finally go into recent lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium is in excessive demand and mining the metallic wreaks havoc on the setting, making recycling tech a vital device in reducing the footprint of issues like electrical vehicles and storage for renewable power.

A time lapse of Green Li-ion's recycling machines being installed in a large warehouse.

Picture Credit: Inexperienced Li-ion

Inexperienced Li-ion doesn’t recycle batteries itself; it licenses its tech to battery makers and recyclers, together with Aleon and TES (which is owned by SK, the South Korea-based fossil gasoline big). Inexperienced Li-ion goals to crank out 50 recycling models per 12 months through two factories — one in Houston, Texas and one other in Singapore.

As for that “pre-Sequence B,” Farrant mentioned the startup has cut up its Sequence B into two components, which encompasses the increase introduced this week and one other in about 9 months. “As a consequence of our comparatively low ranges of fund elevating up to now,” the founder added, the startup “wanted to attract a line within the sand and set up a valuation enhance for the bigger portion of the increase.”

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