Increasing a battery’s life span means reduced battery consumption and thus global environmental benefits. Mining, the transport of lead and other raw materials, CO2 emissions, the transport for commercial distribution, premature recycling of used batteries, etc. are all reduced when a battery’s life span is lengthened.
Lead (Pb) is the chemical element with atomic number 82. Although it is classified as one of the heavy metals, it is soft, malleable and it melts easily.
As a heavy metal, lead is neurotoxic, which means that it accumulates in organic tissues and can cause disorders in the nervous system.
According to the International Lead Zink Study Group (ILZSG), the consumption of lead has been increasing worldwide, peaking at 11,000,000 tonnes in 2013. A little more than half of this was from recycled material and the rest was virgin metal produced in mines.
Most lead is used for lead-acid batteries. Other uses include radiation shielding material, bullets and shots and fusible alloys.
The regular MacBatec service can reduce lead consumption by half or one-third depending on the battery type and application.