|About this Abstract
||2017 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Advances in Environmental Technologies: Recycling and Sustainability Joint Session
||Accelerating Life-cycle Management Protocols for New Generation Batteries
||Timothy Ellis, John Howes, Travis Hesterberg
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
The production of lead-acid batteries is defined by a closed-loop product life-cycle. Active material and grid alloys are converging on an adaptable specification set that improves both performance and recyclability. This process for lead-acid batteries has taken over 50 years to develop. But, as the use of batteries made with other chemistries continues to grow, the need for a comparable life-cycle management adoption process becomes increasingly apparent. What has taken 50 years for lead-acid to evolve in a closed-loop paradigm must now be accomplished in less time. End-of-life costs for batteries using other chemistries and technologies are not embedded in the product cost and are borne by other constituencies with often inefficient and environmentally damaging results. Lead-acid can serve as a materials technology management model for other products. The technology management history and the development of the present materials set in this context and future projections will be discussed.