Make batteries eternal.

Scale battery reuse with robotics to electrify the world.

Reuse any battery.

Our mission is to replace mining with reuse as the largest source of the next 5 billion batteries. The problem is that EV batteries are fundamentally challenging and dangerous to reuse today. This is due to slow and dangerous disassembly by hand.


We automate the disassembly and discharging process with machine perception and robotics. We provide this technology as a service model for recyclers, automotive and battery makers.


Our vision is to deploy a network of modular factories to reuse batteries around the world. This blueprint scales battery reuse to the industrial volume needed for a truly clean energy transition.

We need 5 billion batteries to electrify the world.

Mining to make batteries is environmentally destructive and expensive.

Reuse provides cheaper, cleaner and longer-lasting batteries. Scaling battery reuse massively must start now.

Reuse

2x Cheaper

$8K vs $16K per pack

5 years

Lifetime extension

10x

Less harm to planet

Mining

2023

Shortage of critical material starts

25 Mton CO2

Emissions due to mining per year

26,000 km2

Rain forest destroyed for nickel per year

63B liters

Freshwater for Lithium extraction per year

Solving the process bottleneck to enable battery reuse.

Damage or end-of-life.

100% of batteries must be recycled by law. This costs up to $3000. 70% of battery volumes are treated with ‘premature recycling’ instead of reusing it.

Damage or end-of-life.

100% of batteries must be recycled by law. This costs up to $3000. 70% of battery volumes are treated with ‘premature recycling’ instead of reusing it.

Discharge, disassembly and diagnosis.

100% by hand and takes > 4 hours.
Regulation prevents outsourcing to cheap labour countries. Shortage of high-volt technicians. 100’s of battery types = hard to automate.

Existing Model

Up To 7 Hours

Universe Energy

<2 Hours

Inspecting

30 Mins

  • Recognize battery model, components, & assess damage.
  • 100’s pack variations to recognize from incoming stream.
  • Deciding on instructions for disassembly.

Machine perception performs battery recognition and health diagnostics.

Discharge, disassembly and diagnosis.

100% by hand and takes > 4 hours.
Regulation prevents outsourcing to cheap labour countries. Shortage of high-volt technicians. 100’s of battery types = hard to automate.

Existing Model

Up To 7 Hours

Universe Energy

<2 Hours

Inspect

Current Model: 30 Mins

  • Recognize battery model, components, & assess damage.
  • 100’s pack variations to recognize from incoming stream.
  • Deciding on instructions for disassembly.

Universe Energy

Machine perception performs battery recognition and health diagnostics.

Discharge

2-4 Hours

  • Drain battery modules from residual electricity.
  • Electrocution and fire risk.
  • Certified engineer required.

Safe & automated discharging for any worker.

Discharge

Current Model: 2-4 Hours

  • Drain battery modules from residual electricity.
  • Electrocution and fire risk.
  • Certified engineer required.

Universe Energy

Safe & automated discharging for any worker.

Disassembly

1-2 Hours

  • Extract modules from pack by hand.
  • Qualified personnel required.
  • 300% variability due to assembly methods.

The robot disassembles battery packs (500kg) into battery modules (25 kg).

Disassemble

Current Model: 1-2 Hours

  • Extract modules from pack by hand.
  • Qualified personnel required.
  • 300% variability due to assembly methods.

Universe Energy

The robot disassembles battery packs (500kg) into battery modules (25 kg).

Diagnose & Sort

30 Mins

  • Unreliable data & hard to access BMS to determine state-of-health.
  • Decision on repurpose, recycle or repair needs validation.

Data insights recommend to recycle, re-purpose or repair.

Diagnose & Sort

Current Model: 30 Mins

  • Unreliable data & hard to access BMS to determine state-of-health.
  • Decision on repurpose, recycle or repair needs validation.

Universe Energy

Data insights recommend to recycle, re-purpose or repair.

Reuse

Battery packs are prepared for all forms of reuse. 50% can be reused for grid storage and industrial applications. 20% can be repaired after recalls and in service-life from EV & battery OEMs. 30% can be recycled as raw materials (Co, Ni, Li, Cu, Mn). EU is targeting for new batteries to contain 50% recycled content.

Reuse

Battery packs are prepared for all forms of reuse. 50% can be reused for grid storage and industrial applications. 20% can be repaired after recalls and in service-life from EV & battery OEMs. 30% can be recycled as raw materials (Co, Ni, Li, Cu, Mn). EU is targeting for new batteries to contain 50% recycled content.

We disassemble EV batteries with robots

Every battery

Machine perception recognizes any battery brand and how to deal with them.

Risk reduction

Automated discharging avoids electrocution and fire hazards for workers.

Robotic disassembly

The robot disassembles battery packs (500 kg) into battery modules (25 kg) in 50% of the time.

Battery diagnostics

Electrical characterization of batteries to decide on recycling, reusing or repairing.

Technology.

Algorithms

Using machine perception to generate instructions to disassemble any battery.

Robotics

Robotic control for battery handling, disassembly, and discharging procedures.

Tooling

For dismantling & discharging batteries safely.

Battery data

CAD models and 2D images covering high-volume battery vendors.

Scaling battery volumes with modular factories

Cognitive Robots

Bonobo enables fast diagnosis, safe discharging and quick dismantling.

Disassembly Lines

Software connects Bonobo robots and turns them into  disassembly lines for all kinds of batteries.

Modular Factory

Disassembly lines are scaled into modular factories to ramp up battery volumes.

Team.

Backed by deep-tech funds and startup operators.

We’re backed by Silicon Valley deep-tech funds Fifty Years and Innovation Endeavors together with the brightest minds in Machine Learning (Head of Google AI), Robotics (CEO AMP Robotics) and Battery tech (CTO Lightyear). We are guided by startup operators from Cruise, Google X, Deepmind, Palantir and Neuralink.

Wiebe Janssen

Founder | EV & battery systems

Developed the battery packs for Tesla Model X/3 and the 450-mile range EV powertrain for the solar-electric vehicle Lightyear One. He headed product and built engineering teams up to Series A. Awarded Time 100 Best Inventions 2019.

Reverse Mining.

For a truly clean energy transition to manifest, we must replace mining. There’s a way to scale reuse into the largest source of new batteries. Our mission is becoming the largest provider of used batteries and its raw materials to power the 21st century energy infrastructure.

Make your batteries eternal.

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