What Makes Airplane Batteries Last Longer

Batteries for a sustainable world

Lithium-ion batteries can also be recycled, but this process is still very expensive and the material recovery rate is rarely higher than 20 percent. The raw materials used in lithium-ion batteries are generally nickel, cobalt, manganese, and lithium, which are expensive to source. Some of these raw materials are scarce and are mined in inaccessible and politically unstable parts of the world.

Research is making rapid progress, however, and some laboratories have even managed to achieve recovery rates of 80 percent. Scientists are also working on developing lithium-air batteries as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries.

Another and also pioneering approach is to use these batteries for further use in new applications. Depending on their chemical composition, size, configuration, and type of application, lithium-ion batteries can reportedly have a lifespan of 500 to over 10,000 charge-discharge cycles. This means that a battery that is used every day in the power tool of a craftsman's business can already reach the end of its service life after a few months, while the battery in an energy storage application lasts for more than 15 years.

Lithium-ion batteries that have been used in one area of ​​application can be tested for their suitability for use in other, less demanding, areas. A possible reuse for batteries would be as a component for flexible charging stations. These are fast charging stations that can be operated autonomously at major events such as festivals or sporting competitions.

Batteries from electric vehicles could be recycled in many areas - from emergency power supplies for data centers to energy storage systems. In Europe, several vehicle manufacturers pioneering the electric vehicle market have installed batteries primarily in various types of energy storage systems, from small home appliances to larger containerized solutions for utility networks.