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Li-ion Battery Recycling Starts Getting Attention

lithiumionbatteryCar batteries actually have the highest recycling rate of any waste product in the world. Since they are, effecively, blocks of valuable metals, it isn't hard to get someone to visit web site levitra 100 pay for them once they stop holding a charge. However, while that easily applies for lead-acid and viagra canadian pharmacies nickel batteries currently being used in traditional and hybrid vehicles, it's not as simple for lithium ion batteries.

Lithium ion batteries just don't have much in them that is economically useful. Currently, lithium carbonate is tramadol rx pretty cheap stuff, and it just isn't economically viable to recover it from batteries. Of course, thtoxcoat could easily change. As more and more batteries are produced, the world's current capacity for lithium could easily be strained.

Additionally, from an environmental perspective, it would be really bad news to have a new kind of battery that no one wants to recycle. Even if it isn't economically viable, Li-ion batteries contain all kinds of weird stuff that we don't want leaching into the ground water.

Those are the two reasons why Toxco, a company that already recycles nickel and lead batteries, is getting into the Li-ion game. And, also, why the DOE just gave Toxco a $9.5M grant to develop lithium battery recycling technology.

Toxco has been recycling small lithium ion batteries for more than a decade already, but new chemistries and the possible bulk of http://www.investordaily.com.au/viagra-next-day-delivery vehicle batteries is requiring them to re-focus on lithium. Hopefully, recycling Li-ion batteries will soon be just as easy as recycling any other kind of car battery. If not, it will be harder to sell buyers on the the best choice levitra uk "green" part of electric vehicles.

One thing I won't say is that we're just "trading one unstable fuel for another" and that soon we'll be dependant on unbalanced countries for our lithium. Lithium is not a fuel, it's way of storing power. It is not used up by car batteries and there is plenty of it in the world. Don't start worrying that lithium is the next crude oil, it's not, especially if we can get good recycling technology going.

Via Technology Review

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written by Ben, August 18, 2009
"Don't start worrying that lithium is the next crude oil, it's not"

Didn't they say that about oil once? smilies/cool.gif
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written by Bob Wallace, August 18, 2009
Hard to say Ben.

But I recall people talking about sometime running out of oil back in the 1950s. At that point in time the prediction was the 1980s.

Oak Ridge Lab was talking about electric cars with nuclear generated electricity.

I'm not sure they had come up with the bogus idea that nuclear would give us electricity "too cheap to meter" yet....
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Nice Story
written by Daniel Kinsbursky, August 18, 2009
Very nice story Hank. Thank you for mentioning the great things currently being accomplished by Toxco Inc.
http://www.toxco.com
http://www.biggreenbox.com
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written by MD, August 18, 2009
Interesting... lithium carbonate

As in CO2...

CO2 increases the solubility of this ~ 10x...

So sequester CO2 and us it to increase Lion battery recycling and production...

Li2CO3 + CO2 + H2O → 2 LiHCO3
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Supplies...
written by Anthony, August 18, 2009
As long as there is enough recoverable LiCO3 in Nevada to build 2.6B (yea, billion) 16kWh Volt packs, I think lithium recovery wont be a big piece of the 50 mg cialis recycling puzzle. Other metals, or possibly re-manufacturing the batteries into larger packs for renewable backup seems more likely...
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written by Bob Wallace, August 18, 2009

It's likely that these batteries won't go straight from car to recycle facility.

Capacity is critical when you have to haul the battery around. A battery that is down to jesperoffice.com 80% capacity of the best place buy cialis without a prescription what it was when you purchased it means a big dent in driving range and online order prescription viagra you're going to want to replace it.

But there are applications where 80% capacity is generic cialis from india not important because the batteries will be stationary. It's likely that utility companies and wind farms will want to buy these used batteries to set up bulk storage in inexpensive real estate.

Just rack up thousands of these where they can be individually monitored and used down a lot further.
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Other Metal Recovery Cost Effective - No Shortage of Li
written by Carl Hage, August 18, 2009
Note the details in the Li portion of a battery: Li content is less than 3% of the battery cost, or $140 of $36,000 for a Tesla battery. However, the other metals like cobalt are potentially cost-effective to recycle.

The other message is a counter to those who claim we don't have enough lithium for EVs. Right now, it's too cheap to think about alternative or new sources, and the price can go much higher without affecting the battery price. There won't be a shortage for a long long time. (The report mentions past 2050 even without recycling, or whatever new technology our grandchildren come up with.)
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written by Ghislain, August 20, 2009
Toxco intends to start what Umicore is doing since 2006 already. Umicore developed an eco green zero waste and sound recycling technology for Lithium-Ion batteries and is today world's number one Lithium-Ion battery recycler, with batteries being sourced worldwide. Also the HEV and EV industry works with Umicore to recycle in the most environmentally friendly way their future flow of End-of-Live HEV/EV batteries. The Umicore Lithium-Ion battery recycling plant is operating and running since mid 2006 and offers the buy cialis online australia Best Available Technology.

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