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the manufacturer of advanced battery materials using valuable elements reclaimed from discarded lithium-ion batteries and scrap

Browse our posts and recent media coverage to learn about our patented technologies to transform today’s battery waste into the high-value battery materials of tomorrow.

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The Boston Globe Names Ascend Elements Co-Founders to Tech Power Players 50

Ascend Elements co-founders Eric Gratz, Ph.D. and Yan Wang, Ph.D. have been named to the third annual Tech Power Players 50, a list of the most influential – and interesting – people in the New England technology scene, as ranked by The Boston Globe’s business journalists and an
external advisory.

2023 Rewind: Looking Back on a Transformational Year

2023 has been a transformational year at Ascend Elements — from the grand opening of North America’s largest EV battery recycling facility to a $1B contracted sale of sustainable pCAM for use in American-made electric vehicles.

Ascend Elements Wins Silver at 2023 Edison Awards

Company recognized in the Clean Energy category at prestigious celebration of innovation. Congratulations to our co-founder Eric Gratz, Ph.D. and his sustainable cathode engineering team for taking home

Ascend Elements Named to Fast Company’s Annual List of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2023

Ascend Elements has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2023. The company is ranked No. 3 in the Energy and Sustainability category.

Ascend Elements and Honda Motor Co. Reach Basic Agreement

Ascend Elements and Honda Reach Basic Agreement to Collaborate on Procurement of Recycled Lithium-ion Battery Materials in North America 

Ascend Elements today announced a basic agreement with Honda Motor Co., Ltd. to collaborate on stable procurement of recycled lithium-ion battery materials for Honda electric vehicles in North America.

2022: A Year of Growth and Innovation

The people of Ascend Elements accomplished great things in 2022. We started the year as Battery Resourcers with about 60 employees and we are ending the year as Ascend Elements with more than 170 team members! Take a look back at the past 12 months.

Ascend Elements Secures $300 Million in Funding

Ascend Elements, a U.S.-based engineered materials and lithium-ion battery recycling company, today announced it has secured $300 million in equity and debt financing, including $200 million in Series C equity investments from an international group of strategic and financial investors.

Ascend Elements Begins Construction of Apex 1 in Southwestern Kentucky

Ascend Elements began construction of its largest electric vehicle battery recycling and engineered materials manufacturing facility with a ceremonial groundbreaking today. Leaders of the fast-growing startup were joined by Gov. Andy Beshear, local business and community leaders, and EV battery industry executives during the midday

SK ecoplant Invests $50 Million in Ascend Elements

SK ecoplant’s $50 million investment will help accelerate the commercialization of Ascend Elements’ innovative Hydro-to-Cathode™ direct precursor synthesis technology, which quickly and efficiently transforms recycled lithium-ion batteries and manufacturing scrap into high-performance, customized EV battery cathode precursor and cathode active materials.

Q&A with CEO Mike O’Kronley

Ascend Elements CEO Mike O’Kronley answers questions on a wide variety of EV battery recycling topics

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The Spirit and Meaning of Ascend Elements

It’s not easy changing a company name. Between branding, signage, trademarks, banking, legal and IT system updates, there’s a lot of time and effort involved

Battery Resourcers announces new site expansions

With a strategic facility conversion, paired with multiple expansions, the battery material and manufacturing company has increased its processing capacity for battery production. [Note: On

Kelly Kay Joins Board of Directors

Worcester, Mass. (July 22, 2021) Battery Resourcers, a vertically integrated lithium-ion battery recycling and manufacturing company, today announced the appointment of Kelly Kay to its

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