According to a statement, Melsert is the former research and development manager for Tesla Inc's (NASDAQ:TSLA) Gigafactory battery materials processing division. He will also head up American Battery Metals’ battery metal extraction and battery recycling divisions -- a position he just assumed last month after leaving the electric car maker.
At Tesla, Melsert founded and led a cross-functional team of mechanical and chemical engineers who implemented first-principles design to develop novel first-of-kind systems for the extraction, purification, and synthesis of precursor and active battery materials.
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American Battery said this development scope included the fundamental conceptual design, rigorous thermodynamic and process modeling, design and fabrication of bench-scale prototypes, construction and operation of integrated pilot systems, and implementation of commercial-scale systems for the processing of battery materials.
At American Battery, Melsert will drive all aspects of the development and implementation of the company's proprietary battery metal extraction technology and battery recycling programs.
"Ryan has unparalleled expertise in battery materials, renewable energy systems, and battery recycling. He will lead the growth and execution of our vertically integrated strategies," said CEO Doug Cole.
The company noted that Melsert has already begun his work in earnest.
"Our exploration efforts are identifying new domestic battery mineral resources, our innovative extraction technologies will be harvesting these minerals and bringing additional virgin battery metals to the market, and our first-of-kind battery recycling system is supplementing this supply with secondary materials delivered directly back to the domestic battery metal supply chain," he said.
The resource exploration and development company’s top focus is the establishment of a low cost, environmentally sound production base to supply the rapidly growing lithium-ion battery industry for both mobile devices and laptops, as well as the burgeoning electric-vehicle industry. It’s based in Incline Village, Nevada.
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