Hybrid/EV Battery Recycling
GlobalTech Environmental is a global leader in Hybrid and EV Battery Recycling. At GlobalTech, we are an end of life facility that specializing in EV and Hybrid vehicle battery recycling. Contact us today to see how we can handle your EV and Hybrid battery waste stream!
We Process EV/Hybrid Batteries At Our Facility in the USA...
Disclaimer: The information provided herein is mostly to warn you of the dangers associated with handling high voltage battery packs. Please check with your local, state, and federal laws associated with handling High Voltage equipment. The information provided here is not an exhaustive list of everything that can be done to keep someone safe when handling High Voltage equipment, it is just some basic recommendations for preventing most high voltage accidents.
Warning: Use extreme caution when handling Hybrid and EV Batteries!
Do Not Open: Please Do Not attempt to open the battery cases unless you are a trained expert and are aware of the dangers of working with High Voltage.
Lineman's Gloves: Use lineman's gloves, rated to 1000 volts, and then a pair of rugged leather gloves overtop of them when handling these batteries. There are certain requirements that must be met to keep lineman's gloves safe to use.
Rubber Soled Boots: Wear rubber soled steel toe boots when handling Hybrid/EV batteries.
Service Plug: Different Hybrid and EV Batteries have different ways of making them safe to handle... from removing service plugs, to turning them off, etc... Warning, most batteries will still be live and very dangerous at certain connections even when the service plug is removed or set to off! ALWAYS ship the service plugs with the batteries so we can be as safe as possible when handling these batteries once we receive them.
Shipping Whole Hybrid/EV Battery Packs
GlobalTech has provided the following information, to the best of our abilities, in order to give guidance on how to ship Hybrid and EV Battery Packs (Cases containing the cells) from your facility to ours in the safest manner possible. We highly advise that lineman's gloves are used during handling; lineman's gloves should be rated up to the capacity of any electrical equipment you handle, we use 1000 volt rated gloves.
- Transport in a manner to Prevent Short Circuits:
The wires of these battery cases contain high voltage, even when the service plug is removed and/or the power switch set to off, this is very important to understand when shipping these batteries to prevent pinch points, short-circuiting, and especially injury. If removing service plugs, always ship the service plugs with the battery cases!
- Service Plugs: If you remove the service plugs then you must include those with the shipment so we can properly handle the batteries.
- Tape Terminals/Exposed Wires:
Tape all exposed, non recessed, terminals and/or exposed wires. Non conductive approved electrical tape must be use when taping exposed terminals and wires.
- Tape Wires:
Tape/zip tie/secure the WIRES, to the battery case, in a manner to prevent pinch points and or short circuits during transportation. Non conductive approved electrical tape must be use when taping exposed terminals and wires.
Place 1st layer of same or similar size model batteries on a pallet.
- Divide Batteries:
Place non conductive material between the batteries to ensure the separation of battery cases.
We suggest vertical stacking no more than 1.5 times the width of the bottom pallet; for example, if the pallet is 40" wide the stack can be no higher than 60"; if the pallet is 34" wide, then the stack can be no higher tan 51" high; this is to ensure a lower center of gravity, and limit the ability to tip over. If stacking, each layer must be on its own pallet, or with strong non conductive material dividing layers. Layer separator must prevent Batteries from touching during transport. Use common sense with stacking, when it doubt, stack fewer batteries.
Place non conductive material on top of entire layered unit, usually a piece of cardboard satisfies most transportation carriers requirements.
- Strap Layers:
Strap all of the layers together. Do not use metal strapping, use non conductive strapping ONLY. We suggest at least 4 straps... 2 straps perpendicular (90 degrees) from the other 2 straps. Important Note: These straps should prevent all batteries, on all layers, from moving freely.
- Plastic Wrap: Generously Wrap the layered batteries from top to bottom.
*This information is interpreted directly from the Transportation code, contained in Title 49 (click Link Here) Please refer to that code for more detailed info on the shipping of batteries according to the U.S.D.O.T.
How To Ship NiMH Battery CELLS/Modules
Packaging NiMH Hybrid Vehicle Battery CELLS/Modules for shipping: *if shipping whole battery packs, see, "Shipping Whole Battery Packs" below.
- Preventing the Touching of Terminals:
Packaging methods should be used to prevent the battery terminals from touching other battery terminals or anything metal.
- Stacked on pallet in layers:
Some rectangle shaped cells can easily be layered on their edges, on a pallet. This technique can have layers as high as 3 high, if done with great care, with cardboard between layers and on top. It is possible to go 4 layers high (for Toyota Modules) if a pallet is used on top of the 2nd or 3rd layer; Strapping or wrapping the 3 layers with a skid on bottom, and on top, will allow for two more layers to easily be added on top of the upper pallet.
- Halved Gaylord Boxes:
These boxes can be used for shipping Recycled NiMH batteries. Strong gaylord boxes cut in half and double stacked can be a very effective packaging technique... We add plywood between the layers and a skid on top of the cut to fit piece of plywood.
Buckets can be used for the hybrid sticks standing upright... double stacked.
- Strong Pallets:
Put heavier gaylord boxes or containers on pallets strong enough to handle the carried load. Charges may be applied for spilled batteries and/or damaged boxes and pallets.