When he completed his professional degree in mechanical and energy engineering at the Lokossa University in Benin in 2012, Habib Lodonou never imagined the extent to which his ideas and courage would grow. Today, Benin awaits his solar panel battery regeneration project with great anticipation.
In 2015, Habib Lodonou created his company and hired staff. Five years later, he came to the conclusion that solar panel batteries were reaching the end of their life. This conclusion was accompanied by the observation of what happens to the used batteries: passed on to scrap dealers or left to rot at the back of houses and on the streets, they are piled up en masse... "There must be a solution" thought Habib!
Armed with patience, courage and determination, Habib set out to dismantle a battery to study it, and above all, to find the solution to the problem of the end of life of solar panel batteries. His research led him to the University of Clermont-Ferrand (France), which offered him a four-year Master 2 degree. Back at university, Habib started looking for French companies as part of his studies and met Be Energy.
Supported and accompanied by a professor specialising in energy storage, Habib went to Avignon to meet Bertrand Coste and his team in March 2021. The sharing of values and the desire to develop ecological and economical solutions for battery regeneration facilitated the first meeting and it was then that our young entrepreneur joined the team.
In 2023, Habib will have completed his Master 2 and plans to tackle, once back in Benin, "the weakest link of solar energy in hot countries". Since 2013, he has been involved in the project to install 650 solar street lights out of some 30,000 installed units and mini solar power plants (PRODERE) in West Africa. Today, with his proven technology allowing him to envisage viable solutions for regenerating solar panel batteries, he plans to create his company in Cotonou and then develop his business in partnership with Be Energy in Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso and Niger.
Be Energy is proud to support Habib's talent, courage and determination, convinced that a great story has just begun...