Wrecked blue SUVRecycling magic happens when dirty, toxic car batteries are recycled into durable solar cell panels.  Or when used intake manifolds get refurbished and installed into new cars.  This gives the old material a new lease on life, producing clean and emission free energy! Recycling is the way of the future, and when we start turning our outdated sources of energy into new sustainable sources of power, we are ensuring the continuity and success of current industries. Innovation is the key to growth, and what better way to evolve than to recycle our trash into treasure?

Perovskite from Car Batteries

The solar energy industry is booming, and with all this growth comes new innovations and systems for converting solar exposure into energy. Recently, a new type of material called perovskite has taken the solar industry by storm. Perovskite is a lead based crystal that possesses photo voltaic properties. Photo voltaic materials produce an electric current when exposed to sunlight.

Lead is toxic, but by recycling old car batteries into perovskite, the harmful substance is diverted from landfills. The lead is then stabilized into a clean energy production source. The perovskite is pressed into an extremely thin film that is fractions of a micrometer in thickness, making it possible for one car battery to produce enough perovskite to power more than 20 households! The lead, once incorporated into a perovskite solar panel, is cocooned within other stable materials. This drastically reduces the potential for environmental lead contamination.

Additionally, the production of perovskite solar cells is much simpler than producing traditional silicon based solar cells. This translates into cheaper prices and an increased accessibility of solar power materials. With solar power no longer being considered a cottage industry, perovskite may be the stepping stone from which consumers will leap into the new frontier of renewable energy for their homes.

The Move Away from Lead Based Car Batteries

Currently, a large portion of car batteries that are turned in for recycling are re-purposed into new lead based batteries. However, more energy efficient lithium-based batteries beginning to dominate the car battery marketplace. There is anticipated to be a mass of lead batteries that will soon be completely undesirable, in terms of recycling within the automotive industry.

The importance of realizing the life-course of energy systems is vital to sustainable energy production. Thus, anticipating a major flood of decrepit, dangerous batteries is important to environmental health and human safety. Not only does creating perovskite solar panels divert the primary source of lead from entering the environment, it also has a secondary life after the solar panels themselves become defunct. Once a solar panel is no longer operational, due to the easily reprocessed encasement around the lead-based perovskite, the panels are easily recycled into new solar instruments.

Recycling car batteries is both ecologically and economically sound. It is exciting when a mutually beneficial fiscal relationship is established between two different industries. The automotive industry is poised to become the go to source for the building blocks of the extremely desirable perovskite.