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Old Tires Can be Used for Building Better Lithium-Ion Batteries

Have you ever wondered what happens to the old tires you have just replaced?  You know the tire stores actually charges you a separate fee you for throwing away your old tires, right?

Maybe, it's time we should get paid for giving away the old tires, it they can be put into good use.

Recycled tires could see new life in lithium-ion batteries that provide power to plug-in electric vehicles and store energy produced by wind and solar, say researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

A team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory led by Parans Paranthaman and Amit Naska discovered that modifying the microstructure of the carbon black obtained from old tires could lead to better anodes for lithium-ion batteries. This means better performing batteries and also preventing the environmental hazards of waste tire stock piles.

The method, outlined in a paper published in the journal RSC Advances, has numerous advantages over conventional approaches to making anodes for lithium-ion batteries.

“Using waste tires for products such as energy storage is very attractive not only from the carbon materials recovery perspective but also for controlling environmental hazards caused by waste tire stock piles,” Paranthaman said.

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