GOVERNMENT OF INDIA,MINISTRY OF NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
RAJYA SABHA,QUESTION NO.2780,ANSWERED ON:27.03.2017
Safe disposal of solar power batteries
Shri Kiranmay Nanda
Will the Minister of NEW AND RENEWABLE ENERGY be pleased to state :-
(a) whether Government is aware that solar power is stored in DC form in batteries;
(b) whether a large number of batteries are connected into waste every year;
(c) whether Government has any plan for safe disposal of such batteries because they can be harmful to human health; and
(d) if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons therefor?
THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR POWER, COAL, NEW & RENEWABLE ENERGY AND MINES (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) (SHRI PIYUSH GOYAL)
(a): Yes, Sir
(b): The normal life of battery, as per specifications, is five years. Therefore, large number of batteries are supposed to be replaced every year, on completion of its cycle life.
(c) & (d): As per Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, the Batteries (Management and Handling) Rules, 2001 are in place. According to these rules, it is mandatory for every manufacturer, importer, re-conditioner, assembler, dealer, recycler, auctioneer, consumer and bulk consumer involved in manufacture, processing, sale, purchase and use of batteries or components thereof, to recycle used batteries and dispose of hazardous waste generated.