Electric cars are a growing market, and so are the large batteries they use.
Electric cars are a growing market, and so are the large batteries they use. Often these batteries are difficult to recycle. But help is on its way.
Electric cars require batteries. This is a billion-dollar industry that Norway is investing heavily in. Five gigafactories are currently being built in Norway. All of these will manufacture batteries for electric cars, and the market could be huge.
How environmentally friendly this battery production is depends on how we manage to solve the problem of reuse.
“The problem now is that there’s a division between the companies that make the batteries and those that will recycle them. The way the batteries are produced make them unnecessarily difficult to recycle,” says Sulalit Bandyopadhyay, an associate professor and battery expert in the Department of Chemical Engineering at NTNU.
Read more at Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Image: Batteries for electric cars are hard to recycle, but this group is on the case. Erik Prasetyo, Lejla Buzaljko,Anna Minguet Lopez, Vegard Eidem Pedersen and Sulalit Bandyopadhyay. (Photo Credit: Per Henning, NTNU)