The battery dismantling and repurposing company.

We dismantle EV batteries and give them their 2nd life.

We are Universe Energy, and we are the battery dismantling and repurposing company.

The world needs 2 billion batteries by 2050, but this comes at a huge cost for the planet, as we need to mine 30x more.

We collect and sort used battery packs 50% cheaper & 7x faster than by hand using robotics, AI and sound for EV, battery makers and fleets.

Then we repurpose them into grid storage batteries, which prevents the need for battery manufacturing and mining for raw materials.

Our vision is to become the leading maker of zero-impact batteries by building 1 million batteries per year by 2035.

It will power a truly clean energy revolution at scale and reduce 6 Gton of CO2 by 2050.

We are Universe Energy, and we make batteries eternal

We dismantle EV batteries and give them a 2nd life.

The world needs 2 billion batteries by 2050, but this comes at a huge cost to the planet, as we need to mine 30x more.

We dismantle and sort used battery packs 7x faster and 50% cheaper than by hand using robotics, AI and sound for EV OEMs, battery makers and fleets.

Once we dismantle 1000s of battery packs, we repurpose them into grid batteries that are 20% cheaper than making new ones. 

Our vision is to become the leading maker of zero-impact batteries by building 1 million batteries/year by 2035.

This will power a truly clean energy revolution at scale and reduce 6 Giga tons of CO2 by 2050.

We are Universe Energy, and we make batteries eternal.

We help to keep your batteries alive.

WHAT HAPPENS TODAY

A new battery pack is made from cells with raw materials from mining, but this damages the planet.

The battery is recycled into black mass and raw materials.

A new battery pack is made from cells with raw materials from mining, but this damages the planet.

The battery is recycled into black mass and raw materials, but it’s not profitable for future chemistries.

UNIVERSE ENERGY

Remanufacturing is to repair the battery in warranty and then insert it back into the EV.

Repurposing is to repackage used EV battery modules into a big grid battery.

The grid battery is deployed for energy storage for 8+ years to store solar and wind energy.

Remanufacturing is to repair the battery in warranty and then insert it back into the EV. It makes EV economics work.

Repurposing is to repackage used EV battery modules into a big grid battery. We make money on selling them.

The grid battery is deployed for energy storage for 8+ years to to store solar and wind energy.

We dismantle, discharge and sort used batteries.

We dismantle and test batteries with robots, AI and sound.

STEP 1

The battery pack is recognized with computer vision from 100s of battery pack variations and its state is assessed. Machine perception recognizes battery types with software that proposes a dismantling sequence.

STEP 2

We dismantle batteries from big packs into small modules. We perform robotic battery dismantling with custom end-effectors from pack to module that is 4x faster and safer to operate and work in sync with human workers.

STEP 3

Modules are discharged from residual energy and they are removed from the battery pack. Residual energy from the battery modules and cells is discharged to the grid to reduce operation costs.

STEP 4

Battery cells are tested for their health, residual lifetime, and economic value and are assessed with non-intrusive methods to decide on remanufacturing and recycling. 

STEP 5

Cells are sorted for remanufacturing, repurposing, or recycling. We package batteries in modular grid batteries that can be deployed for grid storage, microgrids, charging stations, and data centers.

Once we dismantle 1000s of batteries, we will repurpose them into modular grid storage batteries.

USE HEALTHY 2ND-LIFE CELLS INSTEAD OF MINING FOR NEW ONES

MAKE THE BATTERY LOCALLY AND NOT WITH GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS

+8 YEARS EXTRA LIFE AS GRID BATTERY

Modular grid battery for all.

We will build modular grid batteries for all with 8+ years longer lifetime made from used EV batteries. Deployed in grids, microgrids and charging stations, our plan is to serve the grid market with used batteries from EVs without mining for new materials. 

Our reversed manufacturing blueprint.

Reverse Nanofactory

A containerized robot and tester are shipped directly to customers for on-site battery testing, dismantling and sorting services.

Recollect Microfactory

A series of local recollection and dismantling service centers preprocess batteries for repurposing and certification or prepare them for recycling.

Repurpose Gigafactory

A centralized repurposing manufacturing facility where battery models are labeled and certified, then integrated into a grid storage pack.

We will make 100 million zero-impact batteries by 2050.

+5

Tera Watt hours
Deploy cheap grid storage.

-6

Giga Tons CO2
Reduce manufacturing and delay recycling.

-125

Billion Liters H20
Freshwater savings by reduced mining.

We made the battery in your Tesla & built robots for Mars.

Wiebe Janssen

FOUNDER | CEO

Wiebe designed the battery packs for Tesla Model X/3 and the 450-mile range EV powertrain for the solar-electric vehicle Lightyear One, which received Time Magazine’s 100 Best Inventions 2019 and Auto Bild Awards.

Ray Ma

ROBOTICS MANUPULATION ENGINEER

Ray makes the robot move to disassemble the batteries with a focus on end effectors and grippers. He has a PhD in robotics from Yale and a BSc from MIT. He has built robots at NASA JPL and 3D printer technology at 3DEO.

Ryan Yao

BATTERY DATA ENGINEER

Ryan assesses cell health with non-intrusive methods for potential second life applications. He has a background in data science and chemical engineering from UC Berkeley and battery cell development experience at QuantumScape and Tesla.

Kehau Gregory

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Kehau oversees the facility, recruiting and culture. Over the past decade, she has helped small businesses scale in business and people operations. Prior to UE, Kehau ran operations at social impact agency, Propper Daley.

Fifty Years

BACKING

We’re backed by deep-tech fund Fifty Years that invested in Solugen (carbon-negative molecule factory), Astranis (low-cost satellites), and Antora (thermal energy storage). They are joined by angels from Cruise, Google X, Deepmind, and Palantir.

Our Degrowth Manifesto.

We are Universe Energy. Our mission is to be the largest provider of used batteries and their raw materials to power a truly clean energy transition. There is a way to scale reuse into the largest source of new batteries, providing energy access to all and reducing mining.

To manifest this transition, we need to increase battery production but not by traditional means. There is a way to do more with what we already have. Our vision is to supply 2nd-life batteries to emerging economies to meet explosively growing energy needs for the rising billion.

We want to slow down consumption, global production, and mining. We don’t want to replace digging for oil with mining for metals, as we cannot grow infinitely with limited resources. Business as usual is destroying the Earth at a rapid pace and the natural environment we hold dear. We want to continue to revel in nature’s beauty and be awed by what Mother Earth has to offer, conserving this for generations to come.

The world’s global manufacturing system and its supply chains have increased the gaps in equality which will only be amplified by climate change. Let’s stop shipping minerals around the world while exploiting the impoverished. We can do better. Let’s make things locally by reusing what already exists. We can do more with what is right in front of us.

We are in the business of remaking batteries to create a product that lasts longer and turns used cells into new packs. Whatever cannot be used, we help prepare for its next life. We want to make affordable products that can truly last forever. We want everyone to live a conscious life and to have access to clean energy. This helps to slow down the irreversible effects of climate change one battery at a time.

We make batteries eternal. Let’s reverse mining. Come and join us.

*If this doesn’t work out, we’ll move into asteroid mining:)

We make batteries eternal. Let’s reverse mining.

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