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The Environmental Consequences of Batteries in IoT Devices
IoT devices are transforming our world. But behind this revolution is a significant environmental concern: batteries. Did you know that around 28 billion batteries, weighing a staggering 1.7 million tonnes, are discarded globally each year? These numbers, drawn from the US Environmental Protection Agency, highlight the vast environmental footprint of batteries. From mining metals like cobalt and lithium to end-of-life disposal challenges, batteries have a problematic life cycle.
Commonplace lithium batteries entail harmful extraction processes that demand vast amounts of water and energy. Furthermore, the key metals in these batteries are finite resources. For instance, the global demand for cobalt is predicted to surpass supply by 64 kT in 2030. Recycling solutions seem promising for large batteries, but smaller ones, frequently found in consumer electronics, face disposal issues as they predominantly end up in landfills.
The bottom line is evident: batteries are detrimental to the environment, endangering habitats and compromising the health of communities worldwide. As a result, removing them from IoT devices becomes a pressing priority.
The ONiO Solution: Going Green
Enter ONiO.zero, a transformative solution that aims to replace battery-powered microcontrollers in IoT devices. By doing so, it significantly reduces the environmental burden posed by batteries. As per ONiO's analysis, the environmental savings accrued from powering IoT devices with ONiO.zero instead of lithium batteries are compelling.
But the benefits don't stop at direct environmental savings. By promoting the adoption of self-powered IoT systems, ONiO also envisions vast indirect environmental advantages:
Collectively, these three sectors alone could save 149 MTon CO2-equivalent annually in Europe. Extrapolate this potential to a global scale, and the impact is monumental.
ONiO champions the cause of energy harvesting technologies that eliminate the need for batteries in small IoT devices. Besides direct environmental benefits, these technologies can catalyze the wider adoption of IoT solutions, enhancing efficiency and sustainability across sectors. Imagine a world where we save enough lithium for 13 million Tesla cars and cut CO2 emissions equivalent to all cars in Germany – that's the potential ONiO brings.
You can download the full whitepaper here for those keen on diving deeper.