All high-tech products have an environmental impact and thus it is important to think about how we use them in a conscious way. Batteries are one such product.

Batteries contain several valuable materials. By taking batteries which are no longer suited for one application and re-using them to serve another purpose, we avoid producing new battery products.

Does this make sense? How can we do this? And how will we use those so-called second-life batteries: see it all explained by VUB researcher Maeva Philippot in this video:

Are you familiar with the Re2LiVe research project?

Recycling lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles presents a number of challenges, although it also offers opportunities for the Flemish manufacturing and logistics industries. In the framework of the Re2LiVe research project, Sirris, together with VIL, VITO, and VUB, and with the support of SIM, Flux50 and Agoria, wants to investigate how Flemish companies can take advantage of the opportunities available in the growing market of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles. The aim of this project is to investigate the full value chain of automotive battery recycling and stationary energy storage applications, from an economic, technical, operational and societal point of view.

Re2LiVe is a research project funded by VLAIO. Want to find out more?  Check out the Re2LiVe website or contact


Want to know more about batteries and environmental impact studies?

The two teams at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel that are collaborating in the Re2live project (EVERGi and the Battery Innovation Centre) are part of the MOBI interdisciplinary research centre. They jointly deliver innovation support for (1) the design, optimization, evaluation and demonstration of complex multi-energy systems and (2) the development of batteries in all their aspects.

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