Recycling Lithium Batteries and Adding Seeds and Pine Resin – Better than Mining?

Dean Sigler Electric Powerplants, Sustainable Aviation Leave a Comment

Recycling is good.  Those empty beverage cans we turn in at the supermarket come back to us, newly reformed and filled with our favorite drinks – all at about 1/10th the energy cost of making the cans from fresh bauxite and generating all the electricity necessary for new aluminum stock.  Besides, aluminum ore is a limited resource, and finding and mining fresh supplies is ever harder and more expensive. Lithium is an even more severe problem.  Used rechargeable batteries other scarce minerals such as cobalt, manganese and lithium-based electrolytes.  Most of the world’s supply of lithium seems to be in places not necessarily allied with U. S. interests.  Battery University says 70-percent of the world’s supply is in Bolivia, Argentina, …