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Enlightening – the second life of batteries

Car batteries also store quality

With 4000 charging cycles, which are considered realistic today, and a conservatively assumed range of 200 kilometers per charge, the battery life output adds up to well over half a million kilometers. This exceeds the lifecycle of a car by far. The increase in energy density and the number of charging cycles to be expected will drive the battery life performance even further.

From the garage to the basement

Prices for car batteries have come down severely and are still falling. Batteries with a decreased capacity can be used in a «second life» as stationary electricity storage. The recent rise in the price of used batteries shows that a secondary use market is emerging. Used car batteries can, for example, store solar energy in private homes. And finally, batteries are recycled almost completely and increasingly profitable. Secondary use and recycling are reducing their carbon footprint considerably. Likewise, their profitability compared to fossil fuels appears in a decidedly positive light.

From nobody to superstar

The Swiss company Innolith has been researching the energy storage sector for years and said goodbye to the use of organic substances. Instead it relies on in-house developed inorganic electrolytes. With 50000 charging cycles, the service life of such a battery is ten times that of a conventional battery. In e-cars it should provide ranges of 1000 kilometers and more. And it neither can burn nor contains cobalt. The combustion engine is at the end of its life span, we are facing a revolution in batteries.

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