Giving second life to Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment
Rebuilt batteries are cheap, local, reliable and light on the environment
Yedlik targets the environmental and economic madness of discarding broken-but-repairable li-ion batteries.
Recycling is only a part solution to Norway's growing electrical waste problem. There are thousands of good quality cells currently being recycled which could much more efficiently be repurposed for use in e-bikes, boats, golf carts or anything that needs cordless power. Yedlik takes old batteries through rigorous diagnostics, and rebuilds them to a desired specification.
Our experienced team of engineers is located in Oslo and has already worked with hundreds of batteries, provided 13 bike stores with battery solutions, and has developed 4 unique tools to make the battery repair process more efficient.
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The Battery Ecosystem
A typical battery is made up of dozens of cells and various other components. If any one of them fails, the whole battery fails. This usually results in the battery being sent for recycling. We are big fans of recycling and believe it is an important part of the waste management hierarchy, but it also uses large amounts of energy and has a substantial carbon footprint. Sending batteries to be recycled prematurely skips important steps laid out in the waste management hierarchy - reuse and repurpose. It is a much more efficient use of materials to reuse or repurpose the cells which are working.
Some of the minerals needed to produce a lithium ion cell are extremely rare and are often mined under dangerous conditions from child labour: an estimated 35,000 children work in Congolese cobalt mines! Naturally, we want to see minerals extracted in a sustainable way and we want to see the maximum potential use from these materials as they are finite. It is important to use lithium-ion cells to their full potential before sending them to be recycled. The repurposing of cells into other devices adds sustainability and circularity to an industry that is growing rapidly.
There is a changing regulatory landscape facing the battery industry. The EU is committed to improving the circular economy and in May 2020 adopted the Circular Economy Action Plan. It states that the Commission will propose revisions to the current Battery Directive and promote more circular business models with a reduction in virgin material consumption and the establishment of new ‘rights to repair’. In order for businesses to become more circular, they will need to engage with end-of-life solutions such as Yedlik. Yedlik sees the inevitable regulation in this area as a fantastic opportunity to leverage our expertise and know-how to provide environmentally friendly solutions for battery users.