The importance of good life cycle management
Our batteries have lithium-ion cells inside, and we often get the question: “Are lithium-ion batteries recyclable?”
The answer? Yes!
Lithium-ion batteries are recyclable and even re-usable. Our goal is to either reuse our batteries or, together with our partners, regenerate raw materials and use those to make new batteries.
Currently, most of EST-Floattech’s batteries are still in operation. However, to make our products as environmentally friendly as possible, we anticipate their recycling from the moment we build them. In principle, we will actively look for a way to continue their use after 10 years. Should this not be possible, then we make sure they are processed by a qualified electronics recycling center. On average, 50% of a lithium-ion battery can be recycled. In addition, there have been a number of recent breakthroughs in recycling technologies to increase this percentage. As a battery manufacturer, we want to play an active role in these developments. Currently, we are discussing promising techniques with several Scandinavian recycling specialists. These companies are developing energy-efficient processes to deal with up to 80% of the materials in rechargeable batteries.
Our batteries have a basic operational life of 10 years, but it doesn’t end there. We ensure that batteries are used to their full potential and don’t go to waste. At a certain point, your battery might not be suitable for its original purpose anymore. However, it is still functional and can be used in applications that need less power, such as PV or solar panels.
EST-Floattech incorporates sustainable ways of working where possible.