Bebat and Brussels announce winning circular battery projects
Bebat, the Belgian non-profit organization collecting used batteries, and Brussels Environment, the public service for the environment in the Brussels Capital Region, have announced the winners of the first call for innovative and circular battery projects.
Both organizations launched a call in March 2021 to develop innovative and circular projects to reuse rechargeable batteries. The initiative’s main goal was to prolong the lifespan of these batteries and give them a new life or application.
Rechargeable batteries are ubiquitous in our modern society. We all use smartphones, an e-bike or scooter, an electric car… Unfortunately, most of those batteries are replaced when they break down or when their capacity decreases. However, they’re still usable for numerous secondary applications, like the storing of energy.
After a severe evaluation, Bebat and Leefmilieu Brussel indicated three remarkable winners. One of the first projects presented was ‘Batpack2’, developed by the Brussels start-up Octave. Octave succeeded in developing a system to store energy intended for the industry, production units, and schools. This project was rewarded by 30 000 euros.
The second project was ‘Batterie Mobile’, created by start-up Bilmo in Sint-Gillis. They developed a charging system with a mobile battery unit for cargo bikes used on events, markets, and festivals. The project was offered a reward of 30 000 euros.
The third winning project was called ‘Sustainer’, developed by the start-up SLibat in Vorst. They invented a prototype of a mobile battery based on batteries from e-bikes. This project received 20 000 euros.
Two additional projects will be evaluated to see whether they qualify for limited support, apart from the three winning projects.