Special Issue "Sustainable Lithium Ion Batteries: From Production to Recycling"
A special issue of Batteries (ISSN 2313-0105).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019).
Interests: Life cycle analysis; energy systems
Electric vehicles continue to gain market share, in part driven by governmental initiatives to clean up urban air, as such, we invite you to contribute to a Special Issue of Batteries, organized around the theme of the sustainability of lithium-ion batteries that are “under the hood” of these vehicles. It is important that researchers developing battery chemistry are exposed to the concept of considering the full supply chain impacts of the technology they are developing to inspire creativity at the bench that leads to sustainability on the road.
Electric vehicles (EV) are promoted as a sustainable transportation choice because, on a life-cycle basis, they emit fewer greenhouse gases than conventional vehicles. In addition, with no tailpipe emissions, fully electric vehicles can contribute to urban air quality improvements. In the evaluation of EV contributions to sustainable transportation, however, it is important to consider the production of the battery and its contribution to environmental impacts beyond life-cycle greenhouse gas emissions and urban air pollutant emissions. For example, emissions of sulfur oxides can be high when ore is smelted to recover cobalt and nickel. Previous analyses have demonstrated that these emissions can cause life-cycle SOx emissions of EVs to exceed those of conventional vehicles. Overall, mining of these metals can pollute the soil, water, and air of mining regions. These impacts can be mitigated through use of different materials in batteries that incur less environmental impacts in the supply chain of batteries. Furthermore, battery recycling poses an opportunity to reduce demand for newly-mined metals. Routes to battery recycling include pyrometallurgical, hydrometallurgical, and other technologies that target recovery of the active materials without significant alterations. Contributions to this issue will investigate environmental impacts of today’s lithium-ion batteries, how emerging battery chemistries might reduce battery environmental impact, and how opportunities for metal recovery through battery recycling can reduce demand for newly-mined metals.
Prof. Dr. Jennifer B. Dunn
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Supply chain