Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Contribution AmericansContribution Americans

Tech News

Lithium-ion batteries have a forever chemical problem

A cellphone with a cracked screen seen in a pile of trash.
A broken cellphone with a rechargeable battery lies in a collection container for hazardous materials at a waste sorting facility. | Photo by Jens Büttner / picture alliance via Getty Images

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries used in everyday gadgets, electric vehicles, and to store renewable energy could be a growing source of the “forever chemicals” that pollute soil and waterways, new research suggests.

“Forever chemicals” encompass thousands of different kinds of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). For decades, they’ve been used to make products more resistant to water, stains, and heat. More recently, a particular subclass of PFAS called bis-perfluoroalkyl sulfonimides (bis-FASIs) has been used as electrolytes and binders in lithium-ion batteries.

Those bis-FASIs are now showing up in soil, sediment, water, and snow surrounding manufacturing facilities, according to research published yesterday in the journal N…

Continue reading…

You May Also Like

Editor's Pick

On this week’s edition of StockCharts TV‘s StockCharts in Focus, Grayson discusses the most important chart on all of StockCharts – your default ChartStyle! In addition...

Tech News

Image: David Pierce / The Verge Hi, friends! Welcome to Installer No. 36, your guide to the best and Verge-iest stuff in the world....

Tech News

Photo: LinkedIn I almost didn’t get Pinpoint this morning. Here’s what it taught me about B2B sales. I’m kidding! But I have to admit...

Tech News

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge I paid a lot of money for the privilege of getting an Apple Vision Pro brand-new in...