Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Note 1 - Organization and Operations

Note 1 - Organization and Operations
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Notes to Financial Statements  
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Organization and Operations


Aqua Metals, Inc. (the “Company”) was incorporated in Delaware and commenced operations on June 20, 2014 (inception). On January 27, 2015, the Company formed two wholly-owned subsidiaries, Aqua Metals Reno, Inc. (“AMR”) and Aqua Metals Operations, Inc. (collectively, the “Subsidiaries”), both incorporated in Delaware. The Company is engaged in the business of equipment supply, technology licensing and related services for recycling lead through a novel, proprietary and patented process the Company developed and named AquaRefining™. Prior to November 29, 2019, the Company was engaged in the business of lead recycling through its patented and patent-pending AquaRefining technology. Following a fire at its lead recycling facility on November 29, 2019, the Company's business model has transitioned to a focus on global licensing opportunities to incorporate AquaRefining in the recycling industry. 


Unlike smelting, AquaRefining is a room temperature, water-based process that emits less pollution than smelting, the traditional method of lead recycling. The Company built its recycling facility in Nevada’s Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (“TRIC”) in McCarran, Nevada. The Company commenced the shipment of products for sale, consisting of lead compounds and plastics in April 2017, and through March 31, 2018 substantially all revenue was derived from the sale of lead compounds and plastics. In April 2018, the Company commenced the limited production of lead bullion, including AquaRefined lead. In July 2018, the Company commenced the sale of pure AquaRefined lead in the form of two tonne blocks and in October 2018, the Company commenced the sale of AquaRefined lead in the form of battery manufacturing ready ingots. In November 2018, the Company received official vendor certification from Clarios for its AquaRefined lead and, in December 2018, the Company commenced shipments directly to Clarios owned and partner battery manufacturing facilities. In 2019, the Company operated its demonstration AquaRefinery at commercial quantity production levels and produced over 35,000 AquaRefined ingots by operating the AquaRefinery 24 hours a day and seven days a week for sustained periods of time. The AquaRefining Aqualyzers produced at or above the target 100 Kg/Hr of production throughput per module of six Aqualyzers or ~ 16-17 Kg/Hr per Aqualyzer and ran sustained endurance runs for over one month several times.


During the first half of 2020, the Company successfully performed test runs on the first and second iterations of its Aqualyzer as part of the V1.25L program. The program consists of three iterations that are classified as V1.25a, V1.25b and the final iteration, V1.25L, the latter of which will be used to create the AquaRefining Aqualyzer package for equipment supply and licensing offerings. In December, 2020, Aqua Metals completed the V1.25L Aqualyzer program on time and under budget, achieving lead production that is 100% greater than the V1.0 Aqualyzer deployed at the AquaRefinery during commercial production in 2018 and 2019. The V1.25L program concluded with a multi-day 24/7 endurance run that ended on December 24th. The doubling of throughput results in a 50% reduction in the number of Aqualyzers needed for equivalent lead production.


Liquidity and Management Plans


The Company generated revenues of $0.1 million and $4.9 million during the years ended December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively. The Company had net losses of $25.8 million and $44.8 million for the years ended December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively. As of December 31, 2020, the Company’s cash balance was $6.5 million. As of the date of this report, the Company believes it may require additional capital, in order to fund its current level of ongoing costs over the next twelve months and move forward with its capital light licensing strategy.