May 14, 2021
|Zenobe will provide a second-life battery to help power Extreme E’s team garages and broadcast infrastructure, in support of the series’ net-zero target
| Zenobe, the UK’s leading independent owner and operator of battery storage and EV fleet specialists, will be providing a second-life battery to provide power to Extreme E’s site operations. These include the team garages and critical broadcast infrastructure, helping the series meet its net-zero target and highlighting the power of a circular economy.
The battery’s first life saw it operating in Sweden, where it helped bring cleaner air to Stockholm, powering an all-electric bus in the heart of the city. In this battery’s new life, it will utilise its remaining untapped capacity powering Extreme E’s site operations.
This battery has now been repurposed using Zenobe’s innovative second-life battery solution, and it will travel across the globe powering the Extreme E series as it races in locations that have been most affected by climate change.
Starting its new life, the former bus battery is on board Extreme E’s ship, the St Helena, which is due to arrive in Dakar today, ready to be put to work by Extreme E in Lac Rose, Senegal, to join the revolution of motorsport. It will be performing in some of the planet’s most extreme environments, including the bitter cold of the Greenland Arctic, the heat of the West African coastline, and the close humidity of the Amazon rainforest.
As the Official Energy Storage Supplier for the inaugural season of Extreme E, Zenobe’s second-life battery will allow the series to maximise the consumption of renewable energy generated onsite, helping Extreme E sustainably reinvent motorsport operations. In its first life on a bus, the battery saved nearly 1000 tonnes of CO2. In its second life, it will help Extreme E save roughly 15 tonnes of CO2 per year.
With this ground-breaking second-life battery, Zenobe is supporting Extreme E’s mission to encourage a more sustainable world. Through extending the life of the battery by many years, the project highlights the vast capabilities of batteries, even after their first life. As businesses across the globe look to reduce emissions and go green, this second-life battery project demonstrates the value of a circular economy and is the first of several upcoming second-life projects for Zenobe in 2021.
Steven Meersman, Co-Founder and Director at Zenobe, said: “We are proud to be partnering with Extreme E, an organisation that shares our passion for using electrification to enable a cleaner, greener future.
“Reusing is absolutely central to this. At Zenobe we are dedicated to advancing battery application with a particular focus on what happens to EV batteries at the end of their lives on vehicles. Our growing second-life battery operations solve this issue, as we reuse batteries from our electric fleets across Europe and close the loop.
“As the world continues to drive towards its net-zero goal, Zenobe is committed to leading the charge towards a circular economy, embracing second-life battery technology and championing its vast capabilities.”
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E said: “We are proud to be working with Zenobe to provide a second life for this former bus battery.”
“As a series we are committed to minimising our carbon impact at all levels, and becoming a platform for renewable energy solutions which have wider world use. This battery will now play a very important role in powering our paddock operations, ensuring that it is not just on the race track where we can showcase our low carbon solutions to everyday issues.”
The Extreme E season began with the inaugural race in Saudi Arabia on April 3 and will now visit Senegal (May 29-30), Greenland (August 28-29), Brazil (October 23-24) and Patagonia (December 11-12).
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