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Yiğit Akü Always Strives to Develop Newer & More Environmentally Friendly Solutions to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Issue 19 - 2023
Yiğit Akü Always Strives to Develop Newer & More Environmentally Friendly Solutions to Reduce CO2 Emissions

Energy stands as an indispensable need in our daily lives. Across the globe, the aspects of energy generation, transmission, and storage are undergoing reassessment owing to advancing technology and the implementation of sustainability initiatives. Technological advancements have prompted the exploration of more efficient solutions for energy production, particularly in the realm of electric vehicles. This has underscored the necessity for batteries boasting high energy density. Batteries, including advanced technology variants, will persist in their pivotal role in the future, much like they do at present, particularly in terms of power management to achieve profitable and sustainable policies. Moreover, digitalization is ushering in mew opportunities within the battery industry. In this context, Yiğit Akü is committed to upholding the sustainability of its business models through the cultivation of innovative practices geared towards sustainability. The company promotes innovation and entrepreneurship to surpass current business models and design the businesses of the future.

Leveraging its lithium battery production facility, Yiğit Akü has amassed 14 years of research and development, along with prototype production experience, spanning both commercialized materials and alternative chemistries since 2009. The outcomes of these R&D endeavors have increased the company’s capability to swiftly adapt the process engineering methods within the facility, facilitating the production of batteries in many chemistries under the Distalong brand. Yiğit Akü delivers services to industry leaders, offering plug-and-play lithium batteries meticulously designed for applications like golf vehicles, AGV/AMR systems, shuttles, forklifts, pallet trucks, and stackers. These lithium batteries boast an extended lifespan compared to traditional traction (lead acid) batteries, while their rapid charging capability ensures maximum vehicle availability during prolonged shifts and working hours.

Lithium batteries are characterized by containing fewer toxic metals compared to other types of batteries, some of which may include hazardous substances like lead or cadmium. As a result, lithium batteries are generally recognized as non-hazardous waste. Specifically, batteries using lithium iron phosphate are notable for their environmentally friendly composition and play a significant role in reducing carbon emissions. The growing prevalence of electric vehicle manufacturing underscores the importance of highly efficient and low-carbon emission lithium batteries in industrial production. Additionally, these batteries have high recycling features, contributing to minimized harmful gas emissions during their production.

Innovation serves as a strategic instrument for Yiğit Akü to ensure its future relevance. The company leverages this tool across its entire organizational framework, aiming to enhance its impact. Drawing inspiration from current trends and latest advancements, Yiğit Akü fosters an entrepreneurial spirit and integrates forward-looking innovative business models. The company actively cultivates meaningful partnerships with stakeholders through increased responsible investments that foster sustainability.

Yiğit Akü fosters a greater influx of innovative ideas within the ecosystem and develops products and services that yield environmental and social advantages, all through the perspectives of digitalization, innovation, and entrepreneurship within the industry. Leveraging its skilled workforce, it generates innovative ideas alongside value-added products and services. By implementing measures such as thorough requirements analysis, diligent monitoring of potential project impacts, and timely feedback to relevant stakeholders, it enhances the effectiveness of our stakeholder communication processes.

Aligned with the positive impact of lithium batteries on sustainability, the objective is to shift towards technologies that streamline repetitive tasks devoid of added value, replacing manual efforts. This transition can elevate employee productivity and satisfaction, reduce risks and costs, and enhance flexibility and ease of processes.

Through the Lithium Battery transformation project, we are playing a significant role in the fight against climate crisis by reducing our carbon emissions. The measures adopted for the green transformation project offer substantial economic benefits, including enhanced productivity, increased competitiveness in the markets, generating new employment opportunities, and a notable increase in added value.

Yiğit Akü always strives to develop newer and more environmentally friendly solutions to reduce CO2 emissions. Globally, energy generation, transmission, and energy storage are undergoing reevaluation due to the evolution of technology and the adoption of sustainability policies. Batteries, including advanced technology batteries, will maintain their pivotal role in the future, just as they do presently, in terms of power management for achieving profitable and sustainable policies. Moreover, digitalization introduces new opportunities to the battery industry.

Adhering to the newly established carbon reduction objective, Yiğit Akü is committed to reaching its goals by achieving a minimum reduction of 55% in net greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and 100% by 2050. This commitment encompasses efforts within the company as well as collaborations with its stakeholders.

Established by Yiğit Akü in 1988, Kudret Metal A.Ş. stands as one of the country's strong investments. Situated in Kümbet Akpınar Village in Eskişehir, the facility spans a total area of 293,000 m², with 14,000 m² indoor area. Boasting an annual lead processing capacity of 50,000 tons, Kudret Metal A.Ş. holds a significant position within the accumulator sector and possesses a well-equipped infrastructure tailored for the recycling of various materials.

The present directive sets a waste collection objective of 45% for portable batteries. This target is slated to increase to 65% by 2025 and further to 70% by 2030. Kudret Metal A.Ş., a member of the Yiğit Akü group of companies, is fully prepared to assume all roles and responsibilities to perform recycling activities throughout the investment process.

Yiğit Akü has demonstrated its commitment to its carbon-free business model vision through the implementation of the noteworthy Green Transformation Project at İGA.

As part of the Green Transformation Project initiated in January 2023 to combat climate change and reduce carbon emissions at IGA airport, Yiğit Akü has taken significant strides toward sustainability. They have introduced Charge-ION charging stations, featuring a unique Yiğit Akü design patent, primarily for golf buggies, which facilitate faster and more comfortable passenger access to flight gates. The project involved the assembly, testing, and commissioning of lithium battery conversions for buggies, carried out by a dedicated team of 24 personnel over a total of 72 hours. In the project's initial phase, 63 buggies were converted to lithium battery power, and 20 Charge-ION charging stations were installed in ten different locations. This conversion, which prioritizes passenger satisfaction by enabling full capacity use even at low charge levels with the correct charging method, has delivered exceptional results. Previously, the vehicles could operate for a maximum of 8 hours on a full charge, but after the conversion, they now average an impressive 60 hours of operational use on a full charge. The transition to lithium batteries has yielded remarkable results. Previously, it took 10 hours to fully charge the vehicles using lead-acid batteries, but with the lithium battery conversion, they can now reach a full charge in just 2.5 hours at most. Additionally, by opting for high-performance lithium batteries in the conversion, the need to acquire approximately 20 additional vehicles, as originally planned, has been completely eliminated. Furthermore, this conversion has the valuable environmental advantage of preventing the release of toxic gases that were emitted during the charging and use of lead-acid batteries, thereby safeguarding human health. Additionally, the removal of the ventilation system used during lead-acid battery charging has led to reduced energy consumption costs. Since the conversion, an average of 500 lead-acid and gel batteries have been successfully recycled, contributing to our commitment to environmental sustainability.

Following this conversion, the expected lifetime of lithium batteries is anticipated to be around 15 years, depending on the airport's operational demands and usage patterns.

The conversion is projected to yield substantial savings, estimated at approximately $2.5 million over a 10-year period, achieved through reductions in consumables, service, maintenance, electricity, charging, and operational costs 

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