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What is the environmental cost of lithium batteries?

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What is the environmental cost of lithium batteries?

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  • Categories:Company News
  • Author:Pamela
  • Origin:Battery university
  • Time of issue:2020-04-27 15:44
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What is the environmental cost of lithium batteries?

The process of extracting lithium from the earth and processing it into pure lithium has a lot of environmental impacts. One of the problems is that this process takes a lot of water. Studies show that it requires about 500,000 gallons of water to extract a tone of lithium. This may create water scarcity in other sectors like agriculture and domestic use especially in areas like Chile that are very dry yet they have most of the Lithium in the world.

Another problem caused during the process is when some of the chemicals leak into the main water stream. These chemicals are dangerous to aquatic life and animals that feed on this contaminated water. There have actually been a lot of clashes between the local communities and the Lithium extracting companies over the issue of contaminating the water stream that has led to death of fish and animals that drink the contaminated water.

Conclusion

Lithium batteries have been a game changer in the mobile electronics industry and electric vehicles. They have made it possible to store more energy per unit volume than in other battery technologies. Lithium metal is the main component used in these batteries and is mined form earth.

The processes involved in getting this Lithium have a couple of environmental costs and have led to some people arguing that the benefits of this technology are not worth the environmental costs. However, companies that extract this metal are ever devising means of reducing the negative impacts their processes create on the environment.

 

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