Chows, thanks for this link, very interesting stuff, simply amazing about all of the components that go into battery production, let alone the political side of the story where for example where most of the Cobalt comes from, I wonder if the 'Greeners' would be happy if they knew their batteries were somewhat like 'blood diamonds'?We were just discussing lithium Ion battery recycling, so far a failure. What do I hear? This week's episode of the SGU. For background, these guys drink deep from the koolaid well. Big time on GMO haters, anti-vaxxers, and of course OMG we are all going to do. But I will give credit where credit is do. They present facts, but in IMO then hype the facts as more than what they are, but MUCH better than EV blogs, which to me come across as propaganda or advertising.
Facts. The reference article is It’s time to get serious about recycling lithium-ion batteries The discussion centers around today's efforts. They do mention the Gov lab we talked about a few post ago but the facts are dismal. The predict 140m EVs world wide in 10 years? There are 270 registered cars in the US alone nm the world. There is an estimate 1B cars in the world. If they can't crack 14%% in a decade, that's not exactly making a dent. Yet they seemed excited.
Most of the Li-on batteries are in electronics, NOT IN CARS. Virtual nothing is recycled. 2 - 5% location dependent. Recycling also creates hazardous waste and cost more than the output making it financially in feasible.
Well we were a few weeks ahead of them. So I guess are discussion is fruitful for knowledge sake.
IMHO, this problem (battery recycling) need to be tackled right now, no manufacturer should be allowed to push this off to the government (peoples tax dollars), they need to take ownership of the cost and processes to keep this stuff out of the landfill, all of them Porsche, Tesla, Nissan etc, all of them...