ALAMEDA, Calif., Dec. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aqua Metals (NASDAQ:AQMS) today announced that Mark Stevenson has been nominated to join its board. Mark is a seasoned industry veteran who can bring a wealth of experience to the Company. He has worked throughout the industry, from lead mining to energy storage to lead-acid battery recycling. Mark is expected to be able to provide invaluable insight to the Aqua Metals executive team on industry concerns and trends. "Aqua Metals is doing something truly unique here," said Mark. "The industry has long been looking for ways to improve sustainability. This is becoming an especially pressing issue as more energy storage comes online. We are looking at an exciting future for lead-acid battery use, and I believe Aqua Metals is poised to make it an economically and environmentally sustainable one." Mark is currently the technical director at Global Lead Technologies and non-executive director at Metallic Waste Solutions. He is also the chairman of Asia Battery Conference and the International Secondary Lead Conference. Mark has been a strong industry leader throughout his lifelong career in the battery recycling and manufacturing industries. He has helped lead, shape and facilitate conversation and innovation through his work leading Asian lead and battery conferences. "Having Mark join our board is a significant step in our corporate development," said Dr. Stephen R. Clarke, Chairman and CEO of Aqua Metals. "He not only brings to the table incredible experience in the lead and battery industries but also a remarkable international perspective on the evolution of battery manufacturing and recycling. We are pleased to have his advice and expertise in our corner as we move forward into 2017." Aqua Metals recently announced its production of the first-ever AquaRefined lead at its flagship AquaRefinery in McCarran, Nevada. AquaRefining is a water-based, room-temperature process and is the only clean lead recycling method.