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For Dead EV Batteries, Reuse Comes Before Recycle
December 08, 2017  Contributor,Courtesy: https://wasteadvantagemag.com

The junkyards of America became stacked with crushed cars over the last
century, the big cylinder blocks of once-vaunted engines rusting away along
with fenders and frames.
For Dead EV Batteries, Reuse Comes Before Recycle

SEATTLE (Waste Advantage): Electric vehicles make up less than 1 percent of
current US auto sales, but their numbers are growing, with one projection
putting them at 54 percent by 2040. The number of battery packs for these
vehicles will also increase, and that presents a waste problem. Beyond a
rising tide of pure electric cars, the increasing number of hybrid and
plug-in hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles will contribute to this problem.

What happens when a hybrid or electric car’s battery pack gets damaged in an
accident, wears out or just stops working?

The value of these batteries, potential reuse and danger to the environment
if they are merely discarded is causing automakers to adopt new strategies
to deal with old parts. And in conjunction with this need, there’s an
opportunity for e-waste recyclers to step in.

The junkyards of America became stacked with crushed cars over the last
century, the big cylinder blocks of once-vaunted engines rusting away along
with fenders and frames. With electric cars, however, the idea of leaving a
lithium-ion battery pack in a junkyard car looks foolish from a financial
standpoint, as a Bloomberg report (PDF) notes that these batteries cost $273
per kilowatt-hour in 2016.

For a car with a 30 kilowatt-hour battery pack, junking it would mean an
$8,190 component rotting away. Tesla’s current model lineup uses battery
packs of 75 and 100 kilowatt-hours, accounting for a big chunk of each car’s
individual price tag. Although Tesla didn’t respond to a query about its
battery disposal strategy in time for publication, the company published a
blog in 2011 outlining its process. The blog notes that the automotive
industry already has a profitable system in place for recycling the
lead-acid batteries used in gasoline engine cars, with a 90 percent intake
rate. The blog mentions reusing components from the battery packs, and
recycling the rest.

Tesla may be finding even more profit in recycling, as earlier this year, a
company called Redwood Materials emerged with apparent ties to the company.
This Redwood City, California-based company, not too far from Tesla’s own
headquarters in Palo Alto, seems focused on recycling modern commercial
waste, as a form on its site covers everything from lithium-ion batteries to
compost.

Nissan put the Leaf electric car on the road in 2010, and has sold over
100,000 units in the US through 2016. A new version of the Nissan Leaf comes
out next year, which will likely lead to a boost in sales. To deal with the
accumulation of battery packs either replaced at dealer service departments
or pulled from crashed Leafs, Nissan sends some out to a recycler.

However, Nissan subsidiary 4REnergy also figures out how to reuse the
batteries. Nissan spokesman Josh Clifton said, “Reuse opportunities range
from very small kilowatt-hour applications involving portable energy
supplies to very large megawatt-hour stationary energy storage for
commercial and utility.”
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  I've been using the solar yard lights as a night time backup lighting
when our power was going out alot. Put them out during the day then
bring in at night . It was nice having backup lighting . then winter
came in cloudy oregon not much power to pickup n use.  so I got a old 50
amp hr cell and hooked it up to the 3 volt yard light, I could run that
light for a month probally.

or get 4 and run a small 12 volt dc fan or led light in that dark shed
or path way .
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