How EV Battery Recycling Gives Automakers a Chance to Clean Up Their Energy Storage Act

Lumos bills itself as the first leading firm to offer Li-ion batteries in a standard home solar package, and it has recognized the need to scale up EV battery recycling. According to Lumos, the demand for batteries in Africa was just 2 gigawatts (GW) in 2015. Demand could grow to 15 GW by 2030 under the current state of electrification on the continent. As electricity access increases, battery demand will also rise, leading to the potential of a 30-GW demand for batteries by 2030.

In 2019, Lumos partnered with Carnegie Mellon University Africa and the Korean battery materials manufacturer and recycler Taisen Company to help the Nigerian firm Hinckley Recycling enter the Global LEAP Award for E-Waste Recycling. The award is supported by USAID, UK Aid, and the public-private electrification initiative Power Africa, with the aim of managing waste from the off-grid solar industry in sub-Saharan Africa last year.