SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN – FEB 1, 2022
Circular economy benefits for a Stable Sustainable Future #SSF #Recycle #NRGstorage
Lithium-ion batteries are at the heart of nearly every electric vehicle, laptop and smartphone, and they are essential to storing renewable energy in the face of the climate emergency. All of the world’s current mining operations cannot extract enough lithium and other key minerals to meet skyrocketing demand for these batteries. Establishing new mines is an expensive, years-long effort. Mining also creates a host of environmental headaches —such as depleting local water resources and polluting the nearby region with runoff debris—that has led to protests against new mines.
All of this means the ability to recycle existing batteries is crucial for sustainably shifting the global energy system.