After 150 years, real innovation is finally shaking up the industrial battery landscape. Green Cubes Technology’s SAFEFlex lithium-ion batteries are environmentally friendlier, more energy efficient and save money when compared to traditional battery technologies. The advancement of battery technology and diversification of the landscape is requiring decision makers to be more knowledgeable before they can confidently switch to newer, better energy sources. To help with this education, we’d like to look at some of the claims made and how they measure up to what Green Cubes Technology can offer.
Claim: Lead-acid is highly recyclable.
It is true that lead is highly recyclable, however the unfortunate fact is that it is also highly toxic. Employees who work extensively with lead products need periodic testing to make sure they are not being poisoned. In addition, the environmental effects can be disastrous, damaging both ecosystems and water sources. This toxicity has forced the federal government to require reporting (RCRA) of both lead and sulfuric acid levels present in the workplace while also requiring recycling of all lead-based products.
The recent closure of lead-recycling plant in Vernon, CA further confirms the problem with lead-acid batteries. Dangerous lead levels were found in huge swaths of the surrounding area which included homes, schools, child care centers and parks. This resulted in the largest cleanup of its kind in state history.[i]
This contrasts dramatically with Green Cubes Technology’s Lithium SAFEFlex batteries. The lithium-ion chemistry used in these batteries is non-toxic and when fully discharged can safely be disposed of in a landfill. Landfill disposal is unnecessary as the cells have such a long life that they can be repurposed into less demanding second life applications such as backup energy storage and peak shaving. Finally, with technology evolving so quickly, the percentage of safely reclaimed and recyclable material for an end-of-life battery is increasing yearly.
Claim: All lithium-ion suppliers are the same.
The non-toxic and environmentally friendly aspects of Lithium SAFEFlex batteries contrast with many other lithium suppliers. Our chosen lithium-ion chemistry does not contain cobalt, a known conflict mineral, or nickel. Both elements are known to be toxic above certain levels and must be carefully handled at the end of life.
Claim: Lithium-ion is not energy efficiency.
The environmental and cost benefits of Lithium SAFEFlex batteries stretch further than the materials that make them. The inherent chemical efficiencies mean the batteries use anywhere from 30-50% less energy when compared to lead-acid. This reduces the cost of ownership further, as well as your carbon footprint.
The benefits are real, both to our end customers and the environment. If you’d like to learn more, please give us a call at +1 (502) 416-1060.
[i] “The Exide Plant in Vernon Closed…” T. Barboza, B. Poston, L.A. Times, 4-26-2018.