Biodegradable Batteries … For Real?
triplepundit.com.com| Published Friday, Aug 7th, 2015
by 3p Contributor
Batteries are poised to become the heroes of the future — in consumer electronics, vehicles and now homes. But it’s not just the applications of batteries that are advancing; expectations about battery capacities have soared to unprecedented levels. Energy-guzzling electronics are constantly hungry for power, and the more rechargeable battery technologies we have, the better.
But this is an area where environmental agencies are urging companies to tread with care. Most batteries contain heavy metals that harm our health and the environment. While Americans purchase an estimated 3 billion dry-cell batteries annually, the European Commission says: “Every year, approximately 800,000 tons of automotive batteries, 190,000 tons of industrial batteries, and 160,000 tons of consumer batteries enter the European Union.” Although thousands of tons of these batteries end up in landfill sites each year, recycling rates remain disappointingly low. read more>