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Renewable Energy Wastes a Cause for Concern

Renewable energy sources have increasing potential in the energy market. There are new advancements received from renewable energy compared to fossil fuels and other energy sources. These stand behind reducing the total gaseous waste emissions to the environment in terms of greenhouse gases. However, there are concerns over the possibility of renewables posing a threat to the environment through batteries and non-recyclable wastes. 

Renewable lithium-ion batteries are manufactured, and packaging happens in ways that make future patching, replacement, and recycling impossible. During manufacture, they undergo traditionally styled welding reinforced with glue guaranteeing near-permanent fixation for individual components, making them difficult to separate and further replace. Failure of a single component of the battery pack leads to the whole battery being thrown away. Many a time, this constitutes more than 80% of its potential for productivity to be left untapped.

Several significant but critical problems arise from this manufacturing method. Primarily disposed battery packs with much of their remaining charging power are recycled rather than used. Furthermore, there is the concern towards the economy, losing the vital resources used in the manufacturing process for these batteries. Experts foresee a potential lithium shortage expected by 2025 if these production lines continue at the current trajectory. This realization is a big obstacle to the assimilation of green energy goals.

Researchers urge extensive collaboration across related sectors, corporations, and governments to solve this predicament. These partnerships are to ensure the concerned bodies reconsider the specifics behind battery ownership and the battery production process. Attaining such a goal is necessary to guarantee that resources get used to their full capacity and not becoming wastes.

The EU is an example of the establishment of its Waste System Directive. The directive describes the reuse of an object as an operation that reuses non-waste goods and components for a similar purpose for which it was manufactured. 

Likewise, Amrit Chandan, the CEO of renewable energy company Aceleron, states that these components have alternative use as batteries useful in applications as data centre backups. He also confirms that they can be used in other places where they will not require high battery capacity. 

Recycling batteries is a matter of concern towards attaining renewable energy goals. Despite the rising dangers of renewable wastes, the major factors that need reconstituting are whether the sector can find ways to mitigate battery wastes. Finding ways to minimize battery wastes works to ensure that renewable energy sources attain maximum efficiency.

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