Wondering About What to Do With Old Car Batteries Of Yours?

It may very well be common to folks right now to giving their old (possibly, dead) batteries as part of an exchange program with auto-part shops and other enthusiastic car battery communities. Turns out, you can even get a profit out of it. Some folks or people even love the thought they could recycle their used car batteries in order to contribute to the overall ecological programs that help preserve the nature of Mother Earth. But, could there be another solution as to what to do with old car batteries? Turns out, there is and it is a very intriguing prospect. Without further ado, let us get into the nuts and bolts of a possible breakthrough solution.

The MIT Solution – What To Do To Transform Old Car Batteries


Solar panels are a bit of a thing now. They have become commodities and great ways to diversify the storage of energy and are very useful feature especially when it is added on electric cars.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology or abbreviate as MIT might have come up with a solution that could lead car batteries to serve a different kind of purpose.

First off, let us address the current problems that old car batteries pose. Over a large population of the people in the planet use car batteries that are powered by lead. This can be countered by the use of lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are utilized currently to power electric cars (or hybrid cars as some people term it).

The many problems of lithium-ion batteries can make is often related to a case of the car possibly producing fire due to the overuse of the batteries wet motion. Compared to lead, though, lithium-ion batteries seem to be less abrasive. The lead problem lies in the overuse of the material and that it can often be very damaging and toxic to the environment. Some have even observed that in probable time, the lead could be a mountain pile taking up space in many areas of land.

Given this observation, some folks at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have turned to the hypothesis that the material of lead can be used as a different kind (maybe new) of material for solar panel electrodes.

The panels in solar panels are termed as electrodes, by the way. They convert solar energy into electricity and then some. It turns out, a source for making these nodes, as these MIT researchers observe, may be found in the material of the old car batteries, namely lead. The process they described seems to be a little bit too straightforward a solution to a probably difficult question. But, it is also often that in that straightforwardness, the solution can easily be marketed for further study. It makes sense in that way. So, what is this straightforward solution?

The really crucial part of this is essentially what they label as ‘harvesting’. In the process, it sounds very efficient, but per a demonstration, the researchers usually involve themselves ‘harvesting’ the material from the car battery in what looks to be quite a rough way. It usually involves them using a saw in order to cut different shards or shades of the material in order to gather material for the electrode panels. There have been even instances for burning or to be more specific, roasting, the lead in to transform it into a proper cell.

So, in order: cut or “saw”, in some cases burn or “roast” and then mold and form the electrode or cell panels. Essentially, this idea was taken from previous or initial experiments inspired by perovskite technological improvements. The downside of many of these perovskite formations was that they often used lead as material and the toxic effects remain.

The strange thing is that the lead found in old car batteries, the ones that are going to cause damage over time, actually is beneficial at this late stage of their usage because they are perfect material for the creation of solar panel electrode cells. What was a very problematic commodity in the car battery supply turns out to be a blessing in disguise, perhaps?

Old Car Batteries Can Shift The Dynamic

The discoveries made by the team of researchers at the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology can certainly cause questions and considerations to be made in both the academe and the car industry at large.
Would the need for old car batteries to be recycled as “perovskite” solar panels eventually outweigh the current mandate or model of selling off or donating old car batteries to shops like Walmart and auto-part shops?

That said, would it be supported? The recycling programs offered by places like Walmart are not exactly troublesome and help out a lot in the mission to secure environmental protection and overall change in nature stewardship. And auto-part shops have always done their best to compensate back to the customers or purveyors that wish to have old car batteries recycled.

But, the prospect of having more solar panels formed by recyclable car batteries that were once considered toxic is an intriguing one. For one thing, it has a much, much wider appeal to those who are way outside the scope of retail stores and auto-part shops. The selling of products like these stretches far and wide the spectrum such as the inclusion in the promotion of condominiums and real estate.

Ultimately, the industry and the academe are meeting in conversation amidst a great big opportunity to resolve problems brought about by the effects of waste from the industrial model. And the conversion of old car batteries of lead into recyclable and reusable solar panels can do a lot to answer a lot of those questions.

And, of course, this ultimately goes out to responsible customers and individuals and communities as well. The next time that we go about what to do with old car batteries, we can think up of different ways to make use of them in addition to the standard protocols of recycling.