Second life of batteries

Batteries have been around us for a long time: in our remote controls, phones, and tools... now, they are even revolutionizing the way we travel: mopeds, e-scooters or electric bikes. At the heart of micro-mobility are lithium-ion batteries. We often have the habit of getting rid of our objects when they no longer work. But what about batteries? What are they? How long do they last and, do they have the possibility of a second life?

This 8th edition of the European Battery Recycling Week is an opportunity to take stock of the impact of batteries on the environment.

Working towards a circular economy for batteries

Representation of the circular economy enabled by a Gouach battery. The batteries are used to their maximum capacity thanks to their repairability and the possibility of second life usage. Once this one is over, they are recycled to re-enter the production cycle. ©Gouach

Facing the problem of planned obsolescence, Gouach has redesigned batteries from their conception, in a way that prioritizes a circular economy and decreases their carbon footprint by 2.5* (*from a study conducted by Magelan). And while the battery industry is notoriously resistant to change, there is now an urgent need to reduce the environmental impact by transforming the way batteries are designed and manufactured.

Within a circular battery economy, the goal is to extend the battery's lifespan: minimizing waste in favor of reuse, repairs, refurbishment and recycling. Adopting a circular economy within the lithium battery industry would help optimize the second life of batteries, extending their use and abandoning the culture of disposability.

This is Gouach's mission: design better batteries, for people and the planet.

By reusing the cells, Gouach offers a second life to batteries for micro-mobility

Gouach battery. ©Gouach

After two years of research and development, Gouach has developed an innovative and patented battery design, whose defective components can be replaced easily and safely. Gouach also recovers used batteries from its partners, of which about 80% of the components are still in perfect working order. After a dismantling phase, the cells are checked, tested and reconditioned. Thanks to the eco-design of Gouach batteries (easily repairable and dismantled, as there is no welding or glue), the cells from other batteries are reintroduced into new Gouach batteries. The batteries have a second life, instead of being thrown away.

Another purpose after second life

When cells can no longer be used for micro-mobility because they no longer have enough energy, they can still be reused for other purposes, such as stationary storage. The innovative design of Gouach batteries facilitates this new use of cells.

Have we not yet understood that the largest European source of rare metals, which we will probably need in the next few years, is already on our territory - and what's more, in our garbage?