Nano batteries are green recyclers

Smart technology uses self-naturalising chemicals

A US technology company is claiming to have developed an environmentally-friendly battery which can be disposed of safely. mPhase Technologies ' Smart Nanobattery is about the size of two postage stamps and uses new chemical processes which the company has developed.

At the end of its life, the battery creates a chemical reaction which neutralises its charge-giving properties, making it easier to dispose of.

"Protecting the environment is critical," said Ronald A Durando, CEO of mPhase Technologies. "We are pleased to have developed a green strategy that can help minimise the impact of various chemistries on the environment."

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There are currently no details on when the batteries will be rolled out for public use.

Batteries are a recycling problem as they have to be treated specially due to the chemicals they contain. According to environmental charity Waste Watch , The UK generates 20,000 - 30,000 tonnes of general purpose battery waste every year, but less than 1,000 tonnes is recycled.