LITHIUM-ION MINING AND ITS POSSIBLE IMPACT IN INDIA: AN ENVIRO-LEGAL ANALYSISAbhishek Dixit and Poornima Singh
Currently the biggest use of lithium is in the production of Lithium-ion batteries, which allow for competitive electric cars to enter the market, which otherwise would remain monopolised by the Petroleum auto-mobiles. In addition, the Li-ion batteries are used in electronics, for wind energy, as well as to store other forms of energy. The substitute to li-ion is however, not as good. Lithium batteries are more high density, and thus, can store more energy at a time; they can be recharged thousands of times, which in turn reduces e-waste; and the other forms of batteries are not as cost effective, and with as enhanced performances. And therefore, in this regard, it can be stated that at least at the present times, li-ion batteries are not only being used because they cost less, but rather, also because they have several added advantages, including the reduction of e-waste, which is considered as an environmental hazard in itself.