Why using battery-powered machinery is good for the environment and health
Battery-powered machinery is no longer consigned to domestic tasks.
Today, many traditionally motor-driven trade businesses are seeing the potential in battery-powered tools and transitioning entirely. The reason being, that lithium-ion battery technology now allows performance and usage between charges that matches or exceeds that of traditional, combustion engine-driven machinery.
Businesses also want battery-powered machinery as it’s considered greener and safer for workers. But how is this the case? Why exactly are battery-driven tools so good for the environment and health?
The benefits of battery power
There are countless benefits of battery-powered tools for businesses and machinery users.
Battery-powered industrial equipment suppliers can boast that their equipment is less likely to require replacement and repair than motor-powered equipment. That’s due to there being fewer moving parts which can break or be worn down through use, and no wires that could mistakenly be cut by the user. Cordless, battery-powered tools simply don’t have these issues.
Combustion engines are loud – it’s why most manufacturers recommend that users wear heavy-duty ear protection while on the job.
With battery-powered tools, however, the number of decibels produced is reduced hugely, mainly due to the lack of motor parts, or the loud sound of combustion itself.
Instead, electricity is silently delivered to the working end of the tool, meaning users can work in enclosed spaces without getting headaches or being at risk of hearing damage.
With combustion comes vibration as the force of fuel being burnt reverberates through the handle to the user.
This is a key concern: according to experts interviewed by Safety and Health magazine in 2015, hand-arm vibration syndrome is one of the most common neuromuscular disorders in the manufacturing and construction industries, with up to 2 million workers in the US affected.
It can cause nerve and circulation damage, not just putting workers at risk, but opening businesses up to legal action. Conversely, battery powered machinery produces fewer vibrations.
Research from Environmental Action Germany in 2017 found that many motor-powered tools exceeded EU limits on hydrocarbon and nitrogen oxide emissions – two potentially harmful sources of pollution that can harm both people and the environment. With battery-powered tools, the only emissions that are released are those at the power station many miles from the site, and if the electricity is renewably generated, as governments are striving to achieve, this isn’t an issue at all.