Need Of Eco-Friendly Ways To Recycle EV Batteries, Including Using Bacteria
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Did you know that bacteria can be used to help recycle EV batteries? According to research from Coventry University, bacteria can recover precious metals from electric vehicle batteries, utilizing a process called bioleaching, such that microbes extract valuable metals from ores as part of their metabolism. Researchers believe that this technique will provide a more environmentally friendly solution to recycling EV batteries. This technique was used to recover materials from electronic waste such as solar panels and circuit boards of computers.
New research claims bacteria could be the eco-friendly answer to recycling lithium -ion batteries, in the video published on July 22, 2021, “Bacteria to help recycle EV batteries?“, below:
Solving EV’s Biggest Problem – Battery Recycling Explained. Between the obsession with mobile electronics and the growing popularity of electric vehicles, lithium ion battery demand is growing at an astonishing rate. Most of that demand is being driven by automotive sales which consume 60% of lithium ion batteries. It’s not hard to imagine how far that’s going to go in time, which raises the big question … what happens to all of those batteries when they die? In the video published on May 25, 2021, “Solving EV’s Biggest Problem – Battery Recycling Explained“, below:
Lithium recycling wasn’t considered important ten years ago when fewer than 60,000 electric vehicles were sold worldwide. But today that number is 2 million and ten years from now it will be over 20 million, not to mention the billions of phones, tablets and other consumer electronics, all of which get their energy from lithium ion batteries. That means that resources and recycling are becoming a problem. But now, FINALLY, the industrial world has responded. And it’s responding fast! In the video published on Aug 16, 2020, “Lithium Recycling FINALLY goes global!“, below:
Take a look at the video published on Feb 4, 2019, “Batteries, Recycling and the Environment“, below:
Bioleaching is a recycling technique that uses bacteria to recover some metals from mineral processing waste or used electronic equipment, in the video published on Nov 18, 2019, “Bioleaching: let’s see how it works“, below:
Lithium-ion batteries have enabled us to build electric cars that let us drive around without burning fossil fuels. But how green are these batteries actually? And where do they end up once they’re spent? We’re destroying our environment at an alarming rate. But it doesn’t need to be this way. Our new channel Planet A explores the shift towards an eco-friendly world — and challenges our ideas about what dealing with climate change means. We look at the big and the small: What can we do and how the system needs to change. Every Friday we’ll take a truly global look at how to get us out of this mess, in the video published on April 9, 2021, “Can you recycle an old EV battery?“, below:
The German company Duesenfeld recycles batteries from electric cars. The main difference: The modules are shredded where the end-of-life batteries are collected. No hazardous transports of Lithium-Ion-cells. Furthermore 96 percent of a module is recycled through a hydrometallurgical process. This includes valuable materials like graphite, electrolyte, manganese, copper, aluminum, lithium, nickel and cobalt. Using these recycled materials would reduce the carbon footprint of new lithium-ion cell by up to 40 percent, in the video published on May 18, 2019, “Eco-friendly method of recycling EV batteries“, below:
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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