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Sustainability and ethics

Photo by Sebastian Meyer

AlphaESS uses only Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) for its battery cells. The LiFePO4 batteries are very safe and have a very good life span, but in addition they are also cobalt free and therefore contribute to a more ethical story.

Cobalt batteries are mainly used in electric cars and in smartphones, tablets and other electronics. However, the mining of cobalt is not sustainable and is often done in very poor conditions. Most cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which supplies about two-thirds of the world's cobalt supply.

Several studies denounce the conditions in which mining takes place there. The industry is not free of abuse, exploitation and child labour. Moreover, the artisanal extraction of cobalt poses many health risks for the local population. AlphaESS therefore consciously opts for cobalt-free products.

Why LiFePO4?

The production of batteries requires raw materials and energy. Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries have several advantages over other technologies when it comes to use of these raw materials and safety. LiFePO4 batteries have a very long life span and the electrodes of Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries are made from non-toxic materials, making them a much smaller threat to the environment than alternatives.

We are all concerned about the environment, and together we strive to do our part in reducing pollution and using scarce materials. When it comes to choosing a battery technology, Lithium Iron Phosphate is the right choice right now.



The bee population in our country has been in decline for several years. However, it is very important to ensure the survival of wild bees, as they make a very significant contribution to our society. A large part of our food crops need pollination by insects, so humans make grateful use of these ecosystem services. We can only enjoy fruit such as cherries, apples and raspberries and vegetables such as courgettes, peppers and avocados thanks to honey bees, solitary bees and bumblebees. Even sunflower oil and mustard can only be produced with the help of bees!

In addition, honey bees are also a good indicator of our living environment.

Besides a rich habitat with sources of pollen and nectar, bees also need honey hives. AlphaESS has therefore 'adopted' a honey hive, which means we are not only helping to boost the bee population in our country but also have a good supply of AlphaESS honey. That honey is supplied with our Ambassador Box, among other things.

With AlphaESS we have a vision that includes a green future. We believe that renewable energy is crucial for this future and that home batteries (will) play an important role in it. Investing in a home battery is investing in a more sustainable living environment.

However, it is also important to consider the collateral damage we are causing. Our home batteries are imported from China, where they are produced. In order to compensate for the CO₂ emissions that arise from transport by sea, we will plant climate trees locally. According to our calculations, 1 climate tree will be able to compensate for approximately 1 system. Below we explain how we arrived at this conclusion.

Calculation

According to figures from the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG), a collaboration between several large shipping companies, the emissions of a container ship fluctuate between 38 and 84 grams of CO2 per container per kilometre.

The distance between the ports of Shanghai and Antwerp is approximately 22,056 km. So for every container we import, this corresponds to CO2 emissions of 838 kg to 1,853 kg.

The CO2 balance of trees varies greatly between tree species, location, between seasons and between periods with the same climate or weather. Many scientific studies have been conducted to determine the CO2 offset. As a summary from various studies, it can be concluded that the annual CO2 compensation varies between 21.77 kg CO2/tree to 31.5 kg CO2/tree.

So per imported container we should plant a minimum of 27 and a maximum of 85 trees.

The last container we ordered will be loaded with 44 systems. So it is a good approximation that 1 climate tree can offset the CO2 emissions of 1 installed system.

These climate trees are planted every autumn.

Photo by Sebastian Meyer

AlphaESS uses only Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP) for its battery cells. The LiFePO4 batteries are very safe and have a very good life span, but in addition they are also cobalt free and therefore contribute to a more ethical story.

Cobalt batteries are mainly used in electric cars and in smartphones, tablets and other electronics. However, the mining of cobalt is not sustainable and is often done in very poor conditions. Most cobalt comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, which supplies about two-thirds of the world's cobalt supply.

Several studies denounce the conditions in which mining takes place there. The industry is not free of abuse, exploitation and child labour. Moreover, the artisanal extraction of cobalt poses many health risks for the local population. AlphaESS therefore consciously opts for cobalt-free products.

Why LiFePO4?

The production of batteries requires raw materials and energy. Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries have several advantages over other technologies when it comes to use of these raw materials and safety. LiFePO4 batteries have a very long life span and the electrodes of Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries are made from non-toxic materials, making them a much smaller threat to the environment than alternatives.

We are all concerned about the environment, and together we strive to do our part in reducing pollution and using scarce materials. When it comes to choosing a battery technology, Lithium Iron Phosphate is the right choice right now.



The bee population in our country has been in decline for several years. However, it is very important to ensure the survival of wild bees, as they make a very significant contribution to our society. A large part of our food crops need pollination by insects, so humans make grateful use of these ecosystem services. We can only enjoy fruit such as cherries, apples and raspberries and vegetables such as courgettes, peppers and avocados thanks to honey bees, solitary bees and bumblebees. Even sunflower oil and mustard can only be produced with the help of bees!

In addition, honey bees are also a good indicator of our living environment.

Besides a rich habitat with sources of pollen and nectar, bees also need honey hives. AlphaESS has therefore 'adopted' a honey hive, which means we are not only helping to boost the bee population in our country but also have a good supply of AlphaESS honey. That honey is supplied with our Ambassador Box, among other things.

With AlphaESS we have a vision that includes a green future. We believe that renewable energy is crucial for this future and that home batteries (will) play an important role in it. Investing in a home battery is investing in a more sustainable living environment.

However, it is also important to consider the collateral damage we are causing. Our home batteries are imported from China, where they are produced. In order to compensate for the CO₂ emissions that arise from transport by sea, we will plant climate trees locally. According to our calculations, 1 climate tree will be able to compensate for approximately 1 system. Below we explain how we arrived at this conclusion.

These climate trees are offered to anyone who registers to receive the Ambassador Box. The tree is then placed in the garden of the ambassadors, or in another location that we choose. The planting of the trees takes place in the fall.

Calculation

According to figures from the Clean Cargo Working Group (CCWG), a collaboration between several large shipping companies, the emissions of a container ship fluctuate between 38 and 84 grams of CO2 per container per kilometre.

The distance between the ports of Shanghai and Antwerp is approximately 22,056 km. So for every container we import, this corresponds to CO2 emissions of 838 kg to 1,853 kg.

The CO2 balance of trees varies greatly between tree species, location, between seasons and between periods with the same climate or weather. Many scientific studies have been conducted to determine the CO2 offset. As a summary from various studies, it can be concluded that the annual CO2 compensation varies between 21.77 kg CO2/tree to 31.5 kg CO2/tree.

So per imported container we should plant a minimum of 27 and a maximum of 85 trees.

The last container we ordered will be loaded with 44 systems. So it is a good approximation that 1 climate tree can offset the CO2 emissions of 1 installed system.