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Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by TEG, Jun 14, 2010.
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NO BLOOD FOR LITHIUM! (I'm serious)
As we all know Lithium is a mined material used to make a product like steel or zinc. We don't use it just once burning it to oblivion like oil or natural gas.
So how much do we need?
And then, how much oil sells every day/year?
If at some future date we figured battery production was at some sort of "max" point that includes recycling (like we do for lead from car batteries) how much lithium would we need per day/year?
It has to be a .0X fractional amount of oil...
Another question, what percentage of Lithium can be recycled? If Tesla, for example, has one of their batteries recycled how much new lithium is needed for a new battery?
One other thing to be considered is that battery technology is evolving more than ever now and may move to something even better, and possibly more common, than Lithium long before the world experiences a serious supply/demand crunch.
The nickel metal patents expire in 2014 I believe. They are heavier but have proven themselves in the Rav4 EV just fine. If prices are reasonable I could see all the Taylor Dunn Easy Go carts and forklifts all going that way.