UK-based Mobile Power Ltd (‘MOPO’), the pay-per-use battery technology company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a partnership agreement with Hinckley E-waste Recycling (‘Hinckley’) to facilitate the recycling of its MOPO batteries utilised at its solar powered battery rental hubs in Nigeria (‘the Agreement’).
- Hinckley to provide the process and procedures to ship end of life MOPO batteries to be recycled at Accurec, a leading battery recycling company based in Mülheim, Germany.
- MOPO currently conducts 6 million annual MOPO battery rentals across Africa.
- Agreement delivers a closed-loop system that addresses the growing challenge of electronic waste and creates a more resilient and environmentally friendly battery industry.
MOPO CEO Chris Longbottom said, “Whilst our focus is on the supply of battery energy services to individuals and businesses in Africa, we are equally aware of the crucial need to recycle our batteries to mitigate pollution, conserve resources, and ultimately cultivate a healthier planet for future generations. We are therefore delighted to be working with e-waste recycler, Hinckley E-waste Recycling, to create a ‘closed loop’ with MOPO battery recycling built into our service. By tackling energy hurdles through battery solutions and partnering with a distinguished leader in recycling, we look forward to fostering positive socio-economic changes throughout Nigeria as we execute our battery rental model.”
Adrian Clews, Managing Director, Hinckley E-waste Recycling commented, “We are proud to partner with MOPO and work together to ensure battery waste does not become an environmental risk in Nigeria in keeping with National E-waste Regulations.”
As it builds out its affordable solar energy infrastructure business in Nigeria and in line with its sustainability model, MOPO has signed an Agreement with Hinckley to recycle its batteries that have reached end of life. Under the terms of the Agreement, Hinckley will provide the process and procedures to ship depleted MOPO batteries under the Basel Convention to be recycled at Accurec, a leading battery recycling company based in Mülheim, Germany.
MOPO has been active in Africa since 2017, where it currently carries out 6 million MOPO battery rentals per year through its distribution agents operating from solar powered recharging hubs. Developed in Sheffield, UK, MOPO’s product portfolio includes the larger MOPOMax battery, which can be used to replace small petrol generators (0-4kVA) and as a battery swap for e-motorbike taxis; and the smaller MOPO50, which provides basic household energy for lighting, phone charging and Direct Current (DC) appliances. Each MOPO battery, which includes integrated payment technology to ensure energy is only discharged upon agent payment through the MOPO App, can be tracked via the MOPO Platform to determine whether it is with an agent or customer or has reached the end of its life and is ready to be recycled.
MOPO has a highly scalable business model and has completed 14 million rentals to date. It currently operates in six African countries and recently raised €3 million in financing to accelerate its operational roll out in the DRC.
The new Agreement with Hinckley delivers a closed-loop system that addresses the growing challenge of electronic waste and creates a more resilient and environmentally friendly battery industry.