Still, the widespread adoption of electric cars will come with new technological and societal challenges. At ENGIE, we are busy searching for solutions that maximize performance, limit waste and help contribute to making the entire energy ecosystem as sustainable as possible.
In partnership with the Belgian materials company Umicore, we have taken aim at a central question for our EV future: What should be done when an electric car dies before its battery?
Launched last October in Olen, Belgium, the breakthrough “Second Life” battery system recycles used Lithium ion batteries (Li-ion batteries) from defunct electric cars, repurposing and redirecting their power capacity into the local electrical grid.
Last month, the project won the Febeliec Energy Award, the prize from the Federation of Belgian industrial energy consumers that recognizes creativity and innovation in the energy field.
Jury president Wouter De Geest was impressed by the ENGIE-Umicore joint project for its anticipation of “the upcoming challenges about the ever growing number of EV and the need to reuse and recycle batteries.” The Project Re-use and Repower was Winner of the ENGIE Innovation Trophies in 2018
Here is a snapshot on the award-winning project Re-Use and Re-power: