A new study conducted by a team of researchers from the Aalto University in Finland has found that the carbon footprint of raw materials acquired through recycling electric vehicle batteries is 38% less than that of virgin raw materials.
In order to reach this conclusion, the researchers used simulation-based life cycle to account for water and energy consumption as well as emissions in smelting, a hydrometallurgical recycling process. Generally, this technique loses various raw materials including lithium while new hydrometallurgical processes work by separating battery metals from waste through dissolution, which allows the minerals to be recovered. However, the process uses up high amounts of chemicals and energy and produces…
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