All recycling companies’ operations look the same to an outside observer. The batteries are disassembled and crushed, and the resulting powder is dissolved before being subjected to various chemical techniques. But the details will be a major deciding factor in how much valuable material recyclers can recover, and therefore how much money they can make.
Thanks to advances in these processes, the prospects for building a business around battery recycling have improved. The same dynamic continues Solar panel recyclingAs companies work to recover silver and other expensive materials from the devices.
On a personal level, I believe that finding ways to recycle and reuse materials in order to reduce waste and destructive mining is a worthwhile goal in itself. But profitability is a sure-fire way to make recycling batteries more bearable.
We’re still in the early days of battery recycling. China funded and Encourage a huge industryand now Europe and North America are catching up, with companies raising hundreds of millions of dollars in investments and building multi-billion-dollar facilities.
For a deep dive into battery recycling, I took a look at one such company, Redwood Materials. If you want to learn more about what Redwood is trying to do, or the challenges the company faces, Check out my featured story that came out yesterday. I also spoke with JB Straubel, founder of Redwood Materials and former CTO of Tesla, about where he thinks the industry is headed. You can find a file Edited version of our conversation here.
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