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Author Topic: Lithium batteries - environmental concerns  (Read 2598 times)
djh
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« on: February 05, 2016, 02:25:55 PM »

http://esciencenews.com/articles/2016/02/04/lithium.battery.catalyst.found.harm.key.soil.microorganism

"The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium, according to new research published online in the journal Chemistry of Materials.

"Subjected to the particles released by degrading NMC, the bacterium exhibited inhibited growth and respiration.

"it is not reasonable to generalize the results from one bacterial strain to an entire ecosystem, but this may be the first 'red flag' that leads us to consider this more broadly."
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2016, 10:43:12 PM »

If you read the warranty information and the safety instructions on the latest Lithium Home Energy storage systems you would possibly not want one anywhere near you home. I don't see any mention of this on Tesla website? Looking at LG Chem you may eventually find the real information which is quite scary. It's in a lovely box though.
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« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2016, 01:30:49 PM »

http://esciencenews.com/articles/2016/02/04/lithium.battery.catalyst.found.harm.key.soil.microorganism

"The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium, according to new research published online in the journal Chemistry of Materials.

"Subjected to the particles released by degrading NMC, the bacterium exhibited inhibited growth and respiration.

"it is not reasonable to generalize the results from one bacterial strain to an entire ecosystem, but this may be the first 'red flag' that leads us to consider this more broadly."


There is a growing list of man made items that have the same problem, the best reported is deodorant with 'nanoscale' silver, which acts as an antibacterial agent. As this enters the general ecosystem it can do a lot of harm as the silver does not break down.
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