Develop Reusable, Low-Pollution Materials
Since the initial product design stage, APh ePower has planned a business strategy for future production and recycling. The possible environmental impacts of the overall product life-cycle are considered, including the selection of key raw materials, product process design, manufacturing and storage, and waste management.
The aluminum-ion battery manufacturing process generates a small amount of waste metal, plastics, and other materials. In addition, to improve the safety of storage, in 2020, a sample inspection of waste aluminum-ion battery cells was conducted to show that none of the nine heavy metals was present. With further improvement and optimization of manufacturing equipment, the reuse rate of waste battery cells, energy savings, and carbon reduction can be improved and waste materials can be returned to the manufacturing process for future reuse.
Creating a Circular Economy: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse
Aluminum-ion batteries do not use hazardous substances and chemicals, which make them conducive to recycling and comply with reginal and international environmental regulations.
This breaks the battery industry’s past image of high pollution and controls the amount of waste discharged. In the future, we plan to build our own recycling plant to implement products with environmental designs and our belief in environmental protection:
No substances of significant concern to international environmental regulations.
No materials involving volatile organic compounds.
No conflict minerals (such as cobalt).
Research and develop achievable recycling technologies and business models.
Follow the Principles of Green Chemistry and Implement Sustainable Development
The principles of green chemistry proposed by Paul Anastas and John Warner in the USA emphasize that raw materials and energy must be fully utilized in the production process to minimize losses, reduce waste, and mitigate the impact on the environment.
The research and development direction and results for aluminum-ion batteries have met the nine principles. As the technology develops, environmentally friendly green batteries will be realized.