ALAMEDA, Calif., Nov. 04, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aqua Metals (NASDAQ:AQMS), which is commercializing a non-polluting electrochemical lead recycling technology called AquaRefining™, today announced that it was named the winner of the Sustainable Technology Award in the 2016 IChemE awards program. The company has also received a special mention by ICIS in the Best Process Innovation award category. Both awards recognize the company's AquaRefining process, which has the potential to revolutionize the lead recycling industry through producing ultra-pure lead with a fundamentally non-polluting, water-based, room temperature process. "To be honored by two leaders in the chemical engineering industry in such a short time brings attention to the magnitude of the changes we intend to make in the way lead is processed," said Dr. Stephen R. Clarke, chairman and CEO. The IChemE awards are presented by the Institution of Chemical Engineers. The IChemE aims to recognize organizations who are raising the bar in the field by improving the practices and applications of chemical engineering. The organization has recognized Aqua Metals for its innovation and sustainability efforts in transforming the way lead is recycled. The ICIS Innovation Award aims to recognize companies and individuals who have shown innovation in chemical products and processes. They take into consideration the way the innovations benefit the environment and lead the way towards sustainability. The organization gave special mention to Aqua Metals for taking significant technological and business steps toward making AquaRefining a tangible reality in 2016. The first AquaRefinery located in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center (TRIC) in Nevada was built in less than 18 months after the company went public in July 2015 and recently produced the first AquaRefined lead. Aqua Metals is partnering with key companies in the industry, including Interstate Batteries and Battery Systems International, to supply spent lead acid battery cores to the first AquaRefinery.