The global battery recycling market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 14.83% during the forecast period to grow to US$20.916 billion by the year 2026 from US$9.124 billion in the year 2020.
Battery recycling refers to the process of collecting old/ used batteries for the purpose of reprocessing them and making them ready for reuse. Battery recycling as an industry has grown in the past few years due to the growing concerns of these used batteries being disposed into landfills leading to soil and water pollution. In today’s digital world, the use of electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops, power banks, etc. which need batteries to run has grown by leaps and bounds. Over time and with regular use, the efficiency of these batteries reduces, leading people to discard them. Upon discarding, these batteries end up in landfills causing environmental problems. This can be avoided by the process of recycling batteries which not only reduces them being thrown away but also ensures a supply of usable batteries for wide applications such as being used in electric vehicles, among other use cases. From these batteries, valuable metals are recovered so that they can be converted into active cathode materials for the production of new rechargeable batteries. There are different types of batteries and each one has its own chemical composition and recycling method. One of these types of batteries is a lithium polymer battery. A lithium polymer battery is composed mainly of cathode, anode, and solid electrolyte, the solid electrolyte being a dry solid, a porous chemical compound; or, a gel-like electrolyte. Now lithium polymer or Li-Po batteries shouldn’t be confused with lithium-ion batteries as Li-Po batteries have their pros and cons over the more popular lithium-ion batteries as well as their own chemical composition. Unlike lithium-ion batteries, Li-Po batteries are lightweight and ensure greater safety, have an extremely low profile, and have a lower chance of suffering from leaking electrolytes. Though with greater benefits, comes a higher price tag as Li-Po batteries is expensive than other battery types. Thus, more research and development are needed for Li-Po batteries to go mainstream and have wider applications. Stringent government policies, environmental concerns, and increasing adoption of electric vehicles are contributing to the growth of the recycled polymer battery market.
Though Li-Po batteries have increasing applications in different industries, innovations and improvements are needed for the growth of the recycled polymer battery market. Polymer batteries are more expensive as compared to other battery types, have lower energy density and lifespan.
The Battery Recycling market has been segmented into chemistry, source, end-use, and geography.
By chemistry, the market has been segmented into Lithium-ion, Lithium Polymer, Lead-acid, Nickle Metal Hydride batteries among others. Lead-acid is anticipated to be the biggest segment as lead is highly recyclable and also very dangerous for the environment if disposed of in an unsafe manner.
By source, the market has been segmented into automotive, industrial and consumer, and electronic appliance batteries. The industrial segment contributes the highest to the growth of this market as batteries that are used in industrial equipment such as forklifts etc. are large in number. It is due to the fact that industrial equipment uses lead-acid batteries which are highly recyclable in nature,
By end-use, the market has been segmented into industrial, transportation, consumer electronics, and others. The transportation segment is projected to witness good growth as there is an increasing need for batteries for electric vehicles.
By geography, the market can be segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Asia Pacific. Europe leads the way in the battery recycling market as there are stringent government policies regarding pollution and in favor of recycling.
Governments all around the world have policies in place regarding the disposal of hazardous materials and thus battery recycling ensures that batteries that would normally be disposed of as material waste in landfills would now be collected and recycled.
Since the manufacturing of batteries like lead-acid, nickel batteries requires raw materials from the earth which are depleting and becoming harder by the day to access and utilize at economical costs, recycling has come forward as a viable option.
With rapid urbanization leading to increased use of new-age devices such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets and with increasing adoption of electric vehicles, the demand for recycled batteries that can be widely used is on the rise.
With the decreasing costs of manufacturing batteries, a lot of players in the industry are focussing on providing batteries at cheap costs with increased energy density than focus on improving the technology required for recycling batteries which may act as a barrier to the market growth.
The battery recycling market is a competitive and saturated market with a number of big and small players catering to local and international demands. Prominent/major key market players in the battery recycling market include Call2Recycle, Battery Solutions, LLC, Exide Technologies, Umicore, Exide Industries Ltd, among others. The players in the battery recycling market are implementing various growth strategies to gain a competitive advantage over their competitors in this market. Major market players in the market have been covered along with their relative competitive strategies and the report also mentions recent deals and investments of different market players over the last few years. The company profiles section details the business overview, financial performance (public companies) for the past few years, key products and services being offered along with the recent deals and investments of these important players in the global battery recycling market.
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