Lithium in short supply? Biodegradable batteries may soon be on the market

March 7th, 2022

The Fifth Estate, Other, 03/03/2022, Rose Mary Petrass
It might sound counterintuitive, but soon we may be able to make batteries biodegradable. Researchers at Flinders University, with Australian and Chinese collaborators, are developing an organic polymer battery that could become a sustainable and biodegradable household alternative to traditional metal-based batteries. […] And while lithium is a valuable mineral, only two per cent of Australia’s lithium-ion battery waste is recycled despite being 95 per cent recyclable, according to the CSIRO Market analyst Benchmark Mineral Intelligence (BMI) predicts that from this year there may be an “acute” shortage of lithium.

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