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WPI Professor and Battery Resourcers Co-Founder and Chief Scientist, Prof. Yan Wang awarded a USABC grant to develop high-nickel cathode materials from recycled feedstocks.

Collaboration Represents Third Phase in Effort to Lower Costs of Materials for Electric Vehicles


Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will expand its work on lithium-ion battery recycling and lead a team of academic and industry collaborators in a $2 million project to lower the cost and improve the performance of recycled battery materials so they are comparable to new materials.

Battery Resourcers, Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling and Manufacturing Startup, Raises $20 Million From Global Industry Leaders

Battery Resourcers, a vertically integrated lithium-ion battery recycling and manufacturing company, recently completed a $20 million Series B equity round with financing led by Orbia Ventures, the venture capital arm of the multinational Orbia, and participation from other investors including At One Ventures, TDK Ventures, TRUMPF Venture, Doral Energy-Tech Ventures and Jaguar Land Rover's InMotion Ventures.

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Jaguar Land Rover



Battery Resourcers expands leadership team.

As Battery Resourcers (BR) positions for robust growth of its pioneering battery recycling cathode production process, we are pleased to announce significant additions to the leadership team.

A better way to a better battery.

Joe Bush, PhD

Vice President of Product Development

Battery Resourcers

What if I told you that at Battery Resourcers we are producing, at the pilot scale, NMC cathode material that can last 300,000 miles, essentially the life of your car? And, what if I told you that we are making these materials from spent batteries through a proprietary recovery and recycling process? How would that change your approach to viewing vehicle electrification?

MassCEC Grant Programs Supercharge the Growth of Clean Energy Start-Ups in Massachusetts

August 30, 2019

Innovative clean energy technologies are an important part of Massachusetts’ ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals. At the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Technology Development (TechDev) Team is focused on providing resources to clean energy companies, entrepreneurs, and academic research teams to further develop and commercialize their cleantech innovations. With funding opportunities ranging from $5,000 to $500,000, it is not uncommon for many MassCEC funded start-up companies to go through multiple MassCEC programs as they grow from the success of previous awards.


Building Envelope Materials, LLC (BEM) and Battery Resourcers, LLC are two companies that have received grants from multiple MassCEC programs and as a result, have contributed to the Commonwealth’s clean energy economy. BEM provides high efficiency, minimally invasive insulation retrofits in buildings. Battery Resourcers recycles lithium ion batteries (i.e. from electric vehicles) and produces valuable cathode material from the recycled batteries.

Battery Resourcers are 2019 START Program Stage II Winners

June 28, 2019

From Baker-Polito Administration Announces $3.3 Million to Start-ups to Spur Technology Development in Massachusetts /

Today, the Baker-Polito Administration awarded $3.3 million to 19 innovative, early-stage, high-growth companies in Massachusetts. Made possible by a collaboration between the MassVentures START program and the MassCEC, these awards will help grow employment opportunities, promote manufacturing and commercialization, and stimulate innovation across the Commonwealth. Funding will support companies located throughout Massachusetts across the technology sector, ranging from the maritime industry to biotech and defense.

Battery Resourcers is Closing the Loop on Energy Storage Materials

January 22, 2019

From Closing the Loop on Energy Storage Materials /

Dr Joseph Bush, a speaker at this year’s WPI Energy Symposium and a graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) gives a progress report on synthesizing new cathode materials from retired lithium ion cells, a green technology, created by WPI Professor Yan Wang. 

Battery Resourcers is a Hello Tomorrow Top 500 deeptech startup!

October 24, 2018

We’ve been selected as one of Hello Tomorrow’s Top 500 deeptech startups from over 4,500 applications from 119 countries!

Come and meet us at the The Hello Tomorrow Global Summit in Paris on March 14-15, 2019.

Battery Resourcers Recieves MassStart Award

June 28, 2018

Battery Resourcers was 1 of 20 companies to split $3.4M in funding from the MassStart program. Battery Resourcers will use the funding to build out it's business development team.

Battery Resourcers Featured in Forbes

July 01, 2018


From Innovation Is Making Lithium-Ion Batteries Harder To Recycle /

Without a recycling market, battery owners are left with a disposal cost instead of a recycling incentive.

Yan Wang, a professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and founder of Battery Resourcers, one of nine recycling firms listed on EPRI's website.

"Currently most lithium-ion batteries are landfilled," according to Battery Resourcers. "If they are recycled, only the metal value from the batteries is recovered.”

Wang says Battery Resourcers has developed a process for recovering cathode materials like cobalt, as well as aluminum, copper, plastics, graphite, methanol and other chemicals used in the recycling process. It's striving to produce them cheaply enough that it will make sense for battery manufacturers to purchase recycled materials instead of mining new ones.

Battery Resourcers Pilot Plant Online

April 30, 2018

Capable of recycling 500kg of batteries per day. Battery Resourcers pilot plant will be operational in June of 2018.

Battery Resourcers is awarded NSF SBIR Phase II award

January 01, 2018

This two year project will help bring Battery Resourcers pilot plant online

USABC Awards $140,000 Li-ION Battery Recycling Contract to Battery Resourcer Southfield, Mich.

August 01, 2017

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, today announced the award of a $140,000 technology development contract to Battery Resourcers of North Grafton, Massachusetts, for lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery recycling.

Extended life: WPI trio starts business recycling lithium-ion batteries

February 05, 2017


Three men from Worcester Polytechnic Institute have an innovative approach to recycling lithium-ion batteries that is good for their bottom line, as well as the environment.


Founded in 2015, Battery Resourcers LLC, in North Grafton is committed to changing the dynamics for processing end-of-life lithium-ion batteries, said company co-founder and board chairman Diran Apelian.

Battery Resourcers wins an Accelerate Mass Award from the Mass CEC.

January 27, 2017

North Grafton-based Battery Resourcers is developing a lithium ion battery recycling process – which produces 20 times less carbon dioxide than common battery recycling processes – to benefit North American electric vehicle manufacturers.

Tech Sandbox Pitch Fest Clean Tech Winner

December 08, 2016

Battery Resourcer is one of the Tech Sandbox Pitch Fest Clean Tech Winners.

A Battery of Successes

November 14, 2016

From A Battery of Successes /

WPI startup company Battery Resourcers a finalist in MassChallenge Boston event; company develops unique process for recycling lithium-ion batteries

An idea born in a lab at WPI led to the formation of an innovative clean-tech company, culminating with recognition from one of the country’s most prestigious business accelerator programs.

Battery Resourcers has developed a unique process for recycling lithium-ion batteries. Yan Wang, associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of WPI’s Electrochemical Energy Laboratory, worked closely with Diran Apelian, founder of WPI’s Metal Processing Institute (MPI), and Eric Gratz, a former postdoctoral fellow in MPI’s Center for Resource Recovery and Recycling (CR3).

Battery Resourcers named 1 of MassChallenges top 26 companies

October 06, 2016

"It's been incredible to watch all of our 2016 startups grow into stronger, smarter, and more sustainable businesses throughout the program," said Scott Bailey, Managing Director of MassChallenge Boston. "I'm so proud of our top 26, which represent some of the most promising technologies across sectors including healthcare, high tech, and clean energy"

Battery Resourcers awarded $1 Million from the USABC to develop Recycling Technology

February 17, 2016

The United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC), a collaborative organization of FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors, today announced the award of a $1 million contract to Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, for the scale-up and development of its lithium-ion battery recycling process to produce plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) battery cells made with recovered cathode material.

A Closed Loop Process for the recycle of End-of- Life Li-ion Batteries.

January 01, 2016

Battery Resourcers received an NSF STTR Phase 1 award titled “A Closed Loop Process for the recycle of End-of- Life Li-ion Batteries.

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