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(ARA) - In the 19th century, when the French scientist, Gaston Plante, invented the lead-acid battery to store electrical energy, he couldn't have envisioned the significance his invention would hold in the 21st century. Today, advanced versions of his batteries are everywhere, working out of sight, and the mobile, wired and wireless lifestyle we enjoy would not be possible without them.

Scientists have been looking for a competitor that is lightweight, inexpensive, powerful, long-lived and recyclable. But lead batteries have the greatest energy density per pound, the longest life cycle and a more mature recycling infrastructure than any other battery in their price range. For stored electrical energy, lead-acid batteries are the technological and environmental standard of our time.

These quick facts from Battery Council International might surprise you.

1. Which consumer product is recycled more than lead-acid batteries?

There isn't one. For 10 consecutive years, more lead from spent batteries has been recycled than any other consumer product. More than 90 percent of battery lead is recycled, compared to 62.5 percent of aluminum cans, 35 percent of glass containers and 69 percent of newspapers.

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