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Our second life story: Developing a successful supply chain

In the latest story from our second life series, we caught up with Jonathan Cogman, our Head of Supply Chain, to understand the importance of these relationships in developing the circular economy.


With two decades of supply chain experience and a ten-year career in the automotive sector, Jonathan has spent nearly a decade working on Connected Energy’s own supply chain, leading the way in the procurement and manufacture of our E-STOR systems.

The Connected Energy supply chain has many parts and Jonathan is responsible for building and developing close relationships with OEMs and other key partners to put all the pieces of the jigsaw together to deliver on our second life systems and circular economy mission.

Our supply chain all started with our first major OEM partner, Renault. It was a very straightforward relationship in the beginning – they supplied the batteries and we got to work. But now we have a much more intricate partnership, it’s much more of a collaboration, working together to enhance battery performance within our E-STOR as well as working on future plans. It's an approach that I believe we can take forward with other OEMs now that they are proactively looking to engage with the second life movement.

Jonny Cogman, Head of Supply Chain, Connected Energy

Safety and testing

With plans to expand our product offering as well as working with other OEMs and automotive partners in the marketplace, a critical element of Jonathan’s role in supply chain management is to oversee and develop continual safety and testing processes.

Each battery that comes to Connected Energy from our supply chain will undergo rigorous testing – on top of what it has already undergone within the automotive supply chain.

By utilising the battery pack in its entirety – without opening it up – we are able to leverage the massive investment that the OEM has made in the first life development to meet stringent automotive safety requirements.

Our tests include scrutinising fault codes, assessing battery capabilities to endure complete charge and discharge cycles, and ultimately defining the State of Health (SoH) of the battery.

Jonathan says: “As we expand our supply chain, we will review our testing on an individual basis to ensure that specific OEMs’ testing procedures and ours line up to maintain our stringent processes, as each battery type and OEM will have unique requirements.

“Once we have satisfied these acceptance tests, we will set specific guidelines for its second life to document its limits and capabilities, which we will collaborate on with the OEM.”

A bright future ahead

With a bright future ahead and several OEMs and partners already on board, or about to join, the Connected Energy supply chain, Jonathan is already in the advanced planning stages for our immediate and longer-term expansion.

Jonathan concludes: “We’re looking at different options across Europe and considering the creation of a new, separate supply chain for a growing US market.

“Doing this won’t just make things more efficient, but it will also help to reduce our impact on the environment by lowering our carbon footprint, which of course, is vital to us as a sustainability-conscious business.”

Connected Energy is a world leader in battery energy storage. For over ten years, we have designed and developed our innovative storage systems which are being used by businesses across the UK and Europe.

By repurposing electric vehicle batteries, we have created a solution that solves many of the power challenges businesses are facing, helping towards a more sustainably powered world.

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