Responsible recycling program aims to curb the challenges associated with discarded lithium-ion batteries.
ARI’s sister company, Holman Parts Distribution, is one of 15 winners of the American Department of Energy’s (DOE) Battery Recycling Prize. Holman was recognized for proposing a concept to solve the challenges associated with collecting, sorting, storing, and transporting discarded lithium-ion batteries effectively and efficiently for recycling.
“We are incredibly proud to be honoured alongside this esteemed collection of innovators. This recognition further validates our unwavering commitment to establishing sustainable practices which enable our industry to operate smarter, safer, and cleaner while also serving as stewards of the environment,” said Anne Williams, President, Holman Parts Distribution. “Many of our employees spent countless hours developing our proposed solution and we’re extremely excited to begin transforming our concept into a reality during Phase II of this process.”
Holman’s solution to the lithium-ion battery problem is to work with automotive manufacturers and dealerships to build a robust lithium-ion battery recovery program.
The company believes current core recovery practices can be leveraged to collect, transport, and recycle these batteries safely and economically.
“As the automotive industry continues to embrace the development and advancement of hybrid and electric vehicle technology, the demand for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries will only grow stronger. But when these batteries are no longer useable for automotive applications, disposing of them properly presents a significant logistical challenge,” said John Conte, director, logistics and operations, Holman Parts Distribution. “Our proposed reverse logistics solution would serve as a crucial link in the automotive supply chain, helping to ensure these batteries are recycled properly.”