Battery Metals Mining
Our Battery Metals Mining division is focused on exploring for and the mining of battery metals (specifically Lithium) at our property claims in Railroad Valley, Nevada. On April 5, 2019 the Company announced the start of its’ first drill program (RRV#01) in Railroad Valley, NV
Made in America, American Battery Metal Corporation holds 1,300 lithium mineral claims, totaling 26,000 acres, located in Railroad Valley of Nye County, Nevada. Railroad Valley is approximately 112 miles northeast of Clayton Valley and can be accessed by paved highway directly from U.S. Route 6. Railroad Valley is one of Nevada’s largest trapped basins and is noted to hold all the necessary commercial and engineering prerequisites for a massive lithium brine deposit. The Company’s claims have been evaluated by experts and the BLM and are in planned on-site exploration.
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Battery Metals Extraction
American Battery Metals Corporation plans to economically recover Lithium from its brine pool in the Railroad Valley. It’s planned development for the extraction of Lithium from brine is expected to employ industrially established processes compiled into their own proprietary extraction process and/or license a proven extraction process by partnering with a leading extraction company.
American Battery Metals Corporation plans to develop and demonstrate an original, supportable and superior Lithium extraction process as a substitute to the conventional evaporation based technology. Researching and evaluating the different extraction approaches are currently taking place in their Comstock Laboratory in Nevada. The company’s chemists will work together with global extraction technology companies on process testing, engineering, and process design at the Comstock Laboratory.
American Battery Metals is exploring multiple lithium extraction technologies to cost effectively recover battery grade lithium products from Brines. The brine is initially pre-treated to remove certain minerals and passed onto an absorption or ion exchange materials-based columns. After selectively recovering lithium, the lithium solution will be concentrated and further purified to obtain battery grade lithium hydroxide or lithium carbonate. The lithium depleted brine will be re-injected back into the ground to make the entire process environmentally friendly.
We are also exploring multiple emerging lithium extraction technologies, such as solvent, membrane, electrolytic, and combination of technologies to ensure, we produce high quality battery grade lithium at low cost given our brine profile. ABM is committed to implement state of the art extraction and processing technologies to create value for its stakeholders and stay competitive.
Battery Metals Recycling
American Battery Metals Corporation (ABMC) is researching and exploring solutions and products both for recycling of battery raw materials and the different type of metallurgical unit processing. ABMC is moving forward in order to be well positioned in supporting the rapidly increasing requirement of recycling end-of-life batteries within a sustainable and profitable process.
Chief Executive Officer
Doug Cole is the director, chairman and CEO of American Battery Metals Corporation. He joined the board in February 2017 and has served as the Chairman and CEO since August of 2017. Doug has been a Partner with Objective Equity LLC since 2005, a boutique investment bank focused on the high technology, data analytics and the mining sector. He currently serves on the board of eWellness Healthcare Corporation (EWL). Since 1977 Doug has held various executive roles, including Chairman, Executive Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of multiple public corporations. Since 1982 he has been very active with the University of California, Berkeley mentoring early-stage technology companies. Doug has extensive experience in global M&A and global distributions. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from University of California, Berkeley in 1978.
Chief of Mining Operations
Ross Leisinger has more than 30 years of experience in the exploration and mining industry and has participated in numerous projects from initial project conception through production. He is responsible for ABMC’s environmental compliance, mine safety and health considerations, and will assist and oversee the permit acquisition process as ABMC ramps up plans for lithium mining operation in the Western Nevada Basin.
Chief Technical Officer
Ryan is the CTO at ABMC, overseeing all aspects of the company’s battery metal extraction and battery recycling divisions. Ryan is accelerating the development and implementation of ABMC’s proprietary battery metal extraction technologies and battery recycling programs with the planning and construction of a multi-functional facility. Ryan has worked throughout the renewable energy systems development field for almost 20 years and specializes in the development and scale-up of highly innovative first-of-kind systems. This development process consists of 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. Prior to joining ABMC Ryan worked at Tesla as the R&D Manager for their Battery Metals Processing group, at Southern Research as an R&D Manager within their Advanced Energy & Transportation Technologies division, and at Lockheed Martin as a Fluid Dynamics Engineer. His education includes an MS Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Georgia Tech, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University.
John C. Lukrich
Chief of Staff
Mr. Lukrich joined America Battery Metals Corp. in January of 2018. Over the past 30+ years, John has held various executive management positions including Managing Partner, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, President, and VP of Finance at companies including Angel Rush Ventures, LLC, Vertical Response Group Questra Corp., Burst.com, Inc., RateXange Corp. Intervista Software Corp., and Great Bear Technology. John started his career as an audit and tax specialist at Ernst & Young. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Gregory (Greg) Kuzma is well-respected and highly skilled exploration geologist with over 30 years of experience who leads ABMC’s geological operations. Greg has operated as a consultant with numerous mining groups and spent 12 years as Senior Project Geologist in Nevada for Teck Resources. Greg has extensive experience in the Southwest U.S., Mexico, El Salvador, and Argentina. He has evaluated, designed, managed, and implemented over 40 drill programs within Nevada’s Great Basin. Greg received his Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Southern California.
Doug Nickle heads up ABMC’s business development and government affairs. A former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies and San Diego Padres, Doug has since served in various roles in the wine industry and technology sectors, as well as a coalition-building expert in the government and political non-profit sector. He currently serves on the board of the Bridge Alliance, an association of 90+ member organizations focused on good governance reform. Doug is the author of The Point of the Gun, a straightforward book about firearms and personal defense strategy. He earned a Bachelor of Arts. in Political Science in 1997 from the University of California, Berkeley.
Axel Drefahl PhD
Dr. Axel Drefahl is ABMC’s director of chemistry/extraction. His interests include understanding nanostructure diversity and how it inspires and launches smart and flexible applications towards a sustainable future. His previous work includes metallurgical research scientist at Cycladex, CurlySMILES project founder and cheminformatician at Axeleratio, and metallurgical assay chemist and informatician at Comstock Mining Inc. Axel’s work comprises chemical web design and software development for virtual, high-throughput screening, combinatorial materials design and problem-driven nanostructure-search algorithms. He received his Ph. D. in Cheminformatics/Molecular Modeling from Technical University Munich in 1989 and continued his post-doc at Stanford University.
Jennie Forni is responsible for finance at ABMC. Her background includes bookkeeping, and accounts payable. Jennie’s previous experience includes Sales Coordinator/Office Manager at Taptica, Accounts Payable Clerk and Management Assistant at Hines for the Facebook account, and Signals Intelligence Analyst at the U. S. Army Reserve. She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the American Military University in 2018. Jennie also studied Culinary Arts, Small Business Management at the Diablo Valley College from 2010-2014.
Katie Baker manages external and internal communications at ABMC. She has a background in communications, marketing, and social media management. Katie earned her BA in Social Science at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where she was an editor for the college newspaper and held various internships in marketing and social media. She later lived for three years in Frankfurt, Germany, where she studied at Goethe University.