European network Reneos to recycle batteries
With the growing number of electrified cars, the problem of battery recycling becomes imminent. The Reneos network wants to coordinate the management of batteries at the end of their life cycle.
The new mobility – whatever form it takes – will be primarily electrified. For the management of a second life for batteries, for collecting and recycling them, 18 national organizations will work together. They are specialized in these problems, and now want to unite their efforts within Reneos, a European network of ecological organisms.
At this moment, the initiative of Reneos is unique. It wants to unite all the already available experience of battery recycling experts. From now on, Reneos will connect manufacturers and recyclers, according to their location and their specific qualities.
Dispatching toward recycling or reuse specialists will be provided. According to their needs, producers and importers of batteries can turn to Reneos to ensure a second life for their products.
Bebat in Belgium
For Belgium, the Bebat association will be the link in the chain. Bebat hopes that Reneos will reinforce collaboration between the different European associations. Its European sisters are, among others, Corepile in France, Cobat in Italy or BatteriRetur in Norway.
“The role of Bebat is to assist companies in the treatment of their batteries at the end of life, according to their needs,” says Philippe Celis, e-consultant at Bebat. “Bebat works with certified recyclers, such as Umicore or Snam. We will offer dedicated solutions for every customer.”
Bebat emphasizes the extended responsibility of the manufacturer in Belgium. “It’s the producer or importer on the Belgian market who is responsible for collecting, transporting or recycling,” says Philippe Decrock from Bebat. “Our mission is to make sure that the circular economy finally sees the light.”
Micro-mobility as a challenge
For big batteries, more stringent rules have to be observed, but their lifecycle is longer. The world of micro-mobility is much more volatile and reacts much quicker on evolutions.
“Batteries in the micro-mobility sector (steps, bikes…) have a life cycle of some 1.000 recharges,” says Julien Jinkoff, co-founder of Freel. “In normal life, this accords with 2 or 3 years, but with free-floating devices, batteries are highly stressed, and their lifespan decreases significantly.”
Organizations like Bebat or (on a European level) Reneos will have much regulatory work with these micro-mobility providers. But Philippe Decrock estimates “that mobility operators, like Lime or Jump (Uber), are open to recycling matters because they want a green image.