Advances in Environmental Technologies: Recycling and Sustainability Joint Session: Advances in Environmental Technologies: New Areas of Value Recovery
Sponsored by: TMS Extraction and Processing Division, TMS Light Metals Division, REWAS Organizing Committee, TMS: Pyrometallurgy Committee, TMS: Recycling and Environmental Technologies Committee
Program Organizers: John Howarter, Purdue University; Mark Kennedy, Proval Partners SA; Naiyang Ma, ArcelorMittal; Elsa Olivetti, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Randolph Kirchain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Monday 2:00 PM
February 27, 2017
Room: 14B
Location: San Diego Convention Ctr

Session Chair: Mark Kennedy, Proval Partners SA; John Howarter, Purdue University; Elsa Olivetti, MIT

2:00 PM  
Accelerating Life-cycle Management Protocols for New Generation Batteries: Timothy Ellis1; John Howes2; Travis Hesterberg1; 1RSR Technologies, Inc.; 2Redland Energy Group
    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.