Recycling at least 95% of lithium batteries by routing all materials in new production processes is more than feasible today.
Sustainability: a concept now familiar to everyone, there is no sphere of human activity that is not involved and cannot make its own contribution. The current drive towards electrification in so many areas, including industrial machines, has led to the development of the necessary technology, which has resulted in, among other things, the development and optimisation of lithium batteries. We have already spoken several times about the chemistry of batteries and the different types available today, so it is now time to address the thorny issue of their sustainability.
Indeed, batteries must find their place within the circular economy, which is based on the pillars of recycling and reuse, via the steps of secondary raw materials. Although the road in this direction has been mapped out, at least in broad strokes, several factors (including, unfortunately, the low cost of battery recycling and the still low volumes of dead batteries on the ground) mean that very few batteries in Europe today are sent for recycling.
Among the players that are moving to make their business sustainable, in the sense of producing and marketing lithium batteries, is Flash Battery, which has moved from the outset to comply with current legal obligations in accordance with Italian Legislative Decree 188/08 and subsequent additions, joining in 2015 the COBAT consortium (National Consortium for Collection and Recycling) for the management, disposal and recycling of batteries and accumulators. In addition, the company has focused on its R&D department, which is committed to the continuous search for materials that are increasingly recyclable and, at the same time, high-performance, guaranteeing the maximum efficiency of its lithium batteries, contemplating sustainability and low environmental impact.