We develop technology that enables full lithium-ion battery life cycle traceability across the supply chain, supporting responsible and efficient re-use and recycling of electric vehicle and portable electronics batteries.
For Repurposing and Recycling
Increasing customer demand and regulatory requirements for responsibly-sourced battery minerals is an opportunity for electronic vehicle battery manufacturers and supply chain participants to optimize sustainability performance and claims.
Improve processing efficiency with mobile device interaction. By including near field communication (NFC) tags in each battery, all of the critical environment, health, and safety information can be retrieved with the tap of a smartphone.
Create batteries as immutable digital assets that can be tracked over time. A repurposer can use the Everledger platform to easily disaggregate arrays from one battery for use in another without losing its origination data.
Producer responsibilities in the use of electric vehicle batteries are as considerable as they are challenging to validate. Today, the Everledger platform enables both vehicle and battery manufacturers to track repurposing activity downstream. With batteries as unique digital assets and ownership history recorded on the blockchain, a longer-term supply of minerals for these products is more easily secured.
Extend the supply of battery minerals with the Everledger platform. OEMs can onboard approved battery recyclers and track and battery’s journey to final recovery. In the analytics dashboard, those batteries that have been repurposed and recycled can be reviewed at a glance.
Use case: Closing the loop on portable lithium ion batteries
In coordination with a grant from the United State Department of Energy, Everledger is tracking products with lithium ion batteries by registering them with immutable records on the blockchain for greater security, privacy and traceability. By validating the collection and responsible recycling of these batteries, the supply of critical metals and minerals is ensured for years to come.
"We believe the lessons learned in the development of this passport can be used to establish an industry-wide programme supporting an electric and sustainable future.”
— AUDI NEW ZEALAND GENERAL MANAGER
The EV Battery Passport
Since 2017, Everledger has committed to supporting the Global Battery Alliance, with a view to raising ever more awareness around the challenges and opportunities of a sustainable battery value chain.
A Battery Passport is a digital identity that connects the battery and its critical parts to the internet, so it can be managed on a blockchain platform. The platform supports the exchange of data among authorised life cycle stakeholders to support a sustainable value chain for electric vehicle and portable electronics batteries.
Portable Electronics Battery Life Cycle Management
With more and more battery-powered products in our world, collection and recycling is paramount for securing a steady minerals supply and protecting the environment. The challenge is informing consumers about recycling and motivating them to do so.
By fitting portable LIBs and the products they power with an intelligent label, consumers can access a web-based application to find a convenient location to recycle and get a reward for doing so. Once the batteries have entered the collection system they are on their way to responsible recovery which can be verified on the blockchain.
The ‘Battery Passport’ and the future of the auto industry
The growing momentum in the electric vehicle industry is pushing battery repurposing, recycling, and disposal up the agenda. The onus on battery life cycle management globally is placed on vehicle manufacturers, over the actual battery manufacturers. This obligation to sustainably manage battery materials is also a financial and reputational opportunity, given the vast second-life potential for electric vehicle batteries (EVBs) and the fast-emerging circular economy.
Batteries Life Cycle Management
As government regulation and consumer demand become ever stricter, our blockchain platform solution facilitates traceability, enabling easier compliance for electric vehicle and consumer electronics companies. We are ISO27001-certified, evidencing the highest level of trust on information security and data protection.
Last year, Everledger was awarded Phase 1 funding by the United States Department of Energy for two pilot programs to trace the life cycle of lithium-ion batteries using blockchain and Internet of Things technologies.
The first battery recycling project is a collaboration with Ford Motor Company, connecting stakeholders in its electric vehicle battery life cycle to ensure optimal management and responsible recovery at end-of-life.
The second pilot focuses on a platform to inform and reward consumers for recycling portable lithium-ion batteries and the products they power.
Carrie George, the Vice President and Head of Sustainability & Impact at Everledger, said in her interview with the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), “There’s no perfect data. There’s better, valuable, and reasonable data that is applicable to the supply chain”. With the increasing general public demand for corporations to play positive environmental roles, there are countless companies committed to accelerating the transition to zero-carbon across their value chains and operations.
While COVID-19 caused a global slump in the automotive market last year, electric vehicle (EV) sales actually increased 45% year-on-year in Europe, passing 15% of total market share. This rapid growth in the EV industry is pushing battery repurposing, recycling and disposal up the agenda. The European Commission has taken proactive measures to regulate the expected 14-fold growth in EV and portable batteries over the next decade, as part of its European Green Deal to achieve climate neutrality and zero pollution targets by 2050.