Environmental awareness has never reached new heights as it has done in the 21st century. With the help of an ever-vibrant social media, the internet has helped to propagate the need to maintain ecological balance and the essence of recycling goods and products. The automobile industry has also recognized the positive impact of refurbished parts and accessories on the environment and its business turnover. Technically, the catalytic converter is being used in the production of 98% of all vehicles in the market. They help to protect the environment by converting harmful by-products in fuel combustion, such as Carbon monoxide and unprocessed hydrocarbon residue into carbon dioxide and water.
The Holy triad:
Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium are the three chief constituent elements used in catalytic converters. They are also known as platinum group metals or PGM. These metals were first introduced into the automobile industry in 1975, with the two-way system catalytic converter to check exhaust emission. This was soon replaced by the three-way system catalytic converter that converts Nitric Oxide into a less potent form. Nowadays, precious metals like gold, silver, manganese have been introduced as viable substitutes in place of the holy triad. And with good reason! These metals are extremely rare and mining these metals is an energy-intensive operation with very less output. When this apparatus was first introduced, there were many reports of pilferage of catalytic converters throughout the United States.
Recycle with dignity:
Ideally, you can use a catalytic converter for 08 years or till it covers 80000 km, whichever comes first. Upon completion of its useful life, it can be given for recycling at various state-approved automotive recycling centres. Many of these centres will pay you for your catalytic converter. So, if you ever feel tempted to extract these precious metals by yourself, please don’t! Leave it to the experts!