Recycling Is An Important Part Of The Clean Energy Revolution

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Jun 9, 2021

The Climate Crisis is accelerating our transition from toxic fossil fuels to clean renewable energy. As part of this paradigm shift, it’s important we protect the planet when solar panels and batteries reach the end of their life cycle. The good news is that most of the components in both products are recyclable and companies are developing systems to handle these materials, so they don’t end up in the landfill.

Photo Courtesy of Li-Cycle

Li-Cycle and Renewance announced a partnership focusing on the recycling of lithium-ion batteries at their end-of-life, an important step toward a cleaner planet for future generation. They will have “Spoke” facilities that break down the batteries and “Hub” locations that will take the recycled materials and refine new battery-grade materials.

Solar installations with battery storage (residential, commercial, Utility) as well as electric vehicles all rely upon lithium-based batteries so there will be plenty of materials to work with as solar PV systems and EV’s take over our electrical grid and roads.

All part of a carbon emissions-free way to power our world.

About The Author - Jeremy Smithson

Started Puget Sound Solar in 2001 with 30 years of construction contracting experience, and a desire to turn Seattle on to solar energy. Achieving NABCEP certification in 2004, Jeremy believes that our customers often follow a path similar to the one he took, starting out with solar daydreaming, then progressing to education on the subject, and eventually leading to action. In addition to leading the company he also does some teaching and speaking engagements about various aspects of solar energy, and experiments relentlessly with various solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle projects.

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