Nigerian solar systems provider, Lumos, has announced its environmental commitment to recycling the company’s batteries in partnership with Hinckley Recycling (Hinckley).
In a statement, the company pointed out this is in line with its solar energy business model, a “significant commitment to recycle and repurpose batteries – which is vital for a sustainable battery supply chain – and delivers on several United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).”
Lumos further noted that batteries are vital for delivering clean, reliable energy access as they enable off-grid users to optimise consumption of solar/wind energy and increase reliability of power for users of weak grids.
Lumos claims to be the first company to introduce lithium-ion batteries as a standard in its solar home systems, providing users with a better energy storage solution.
Today, Africa’s battery demand is forecast to increase sevenfold, from 2GW in 2015 to 15GW by 2030. Full energy access would require double the 2030 figure.
However, current battery end-of-life management across Africa is not environmentally sustainable, with limited lithium-ion recycling or repurposing. Hinckley’s Nigerian facility is one of just two examples, across the continent, of local re-purposing, the statement highlighted.
The partnership will initially see Lumos’ waste batteries recycled at Hinckley’s facility in Ojota, Lagos.
Alistair Gordon, Lumos Group CEO: “Energy is a core pillar of economic growth and will be a strong catalyst to sustainable economic recovery, post-COVID-19. Africa’s battery demand is growing hugely, as they are vital for the continent to achieve clean, reliable energy access. This requires a sustainable battery supply chain. It is extremely important, and we are proud to be the first company in our sector to take this major sustainability step.
“We have been an enthusiastic supporter of Hinckley’s development, culminating in today’s partnership. We hope it encourages the adoption of similar sustainable practices across Africa.”
Adrian Clews, Managing Director, of Hinckley Recycling, also commented: “We are delighted by Lumos’ sector-leading commitment to sustainability, and we are honoured to partner with them. Lumos has been incredibly supportive of Hinckley and this partnership cements the relationship even further.”