A Time of Change: Call2Recycle Faces New Challenges in the 21st Century

Plante_lead_acid_cellIn 1859, Gaston Planté invented the lead-acid battery–the first version of a ‘rechargeable’ battery. Little did he know that his battery, which used a lead anode and a lead dioxide cathode immersed in sulphuric acid, would launch an industry that extended well beyond powering lights in train carriages stopped at a station.

Fast forward 40 years to 1899. Swedish scientist Waldemar Junger invented the Nickel Ncadmium (Ni-Cd) battery, which used nickel and cadmium electrodes in ...

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