Fuji uses CES to unveil new green battery technology

Batteries are a modern necessity. So many products that we regularly rely on require them. Tens of millions of batteries are consumed and disposed of every year, and the spent cells aren’t particularly kind to the environment. Fuji decided to do something about this.

Fuji recently announced their new line of EnviroMAX batteries at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). These batteries eschew harmful materials used in some batteries (cadmium, mercury, etc.) and boast a production/manufacturing process that boasts a reuse/recycle rate of 92%. The batteries have earned the right to be labeled as eco-safe in Japan and the EU, and can be guiltlessly tossed in the trash with the dinner scraps. Once in landfills, the Fuji EnviroMAX batteries will harmlessly take up space.

Demonstrations at Fuji’s booth showed that their green cells perform comparably, if not better than high-end alkaline batteries. In certain test, such as the recovery time after powering a full-strength flash unit, the cells proved superior to alkaline equivalents. Fuji’s anti-leak containment technology also helps increases cell shelf life, and minimizes the likelihood that these batteries will corrode while still inside your gadget.

Currently, Fuji is not releasing any automotive applications with this batteries chemistry, unless the car you’re powering is a toy. However, the battery industry is evolving quickly, and Fuji’s success will likely influence other manufacturers to green-up their manufacturing efforts and battery chemistries. Available sizes are AAA, AA, C, and D, and should start arriving at many major retailers (ACE Hardware, Target, etc.) in April, just in time for Earth Day (April 22). Fuji has promised that the batteries will retail at a competitive price. For more information, visit www.GreenFuji.com.

Rex Roy is EV-Motoring.com’s editor who can be reached via his website, www.RexRoy.net.