The Environmental Impact of Lithium-ion Batteries – How Green Are They Really?

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What Are the Benefits of Using Lithium-ion Batteries? The Sustainability of Lithium-ion Technology: A Ways to Go How Can We Reduce the Environmental Impact of Lithium-ion Batteries? What Are the Alternatives to Lithium-ion Technology? Conclusion Lithium-ion Frequently Asked Questions

The lithium-ion battery was first proposed by university researchers in England in Japan in the 1980s, but did not become commercially available until introduced by Sony Corporation in 1991. There had been previous attempts at rechargeable batteries, but they were proprietary to each inventor. Lithium-ion became a standard design that offered higher energy density, longer life cycles, and lighter weight compared to previous rechargeable battery technologies.

In the 32 years since Sony introduced lithium-ion batteries, a technology revolution has taken place. Lithium-ion batteries have enabled everything from smart phones to cars, and the technology continues to advance with greater density, faster recharging, and longer lifespan.

In the enterprise, there are two major areas that have benefited from the lithium-ion battery revolution: mobile devices, such as laptops, tablets, and smart phones, have created the modern day mobile workforce that is no longer bound to their office. The other revolution has

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