The UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity is partnering with one of the world’s largest car manufacturers to support the adoption of electric vehicles, energy generation and storage solutions.
Nissan and EDF Energy signed an agreement last week to advance low carbon transport. Their first project will explore how retired batteries from Nissan electric vehicles can be used for commercial battery storage. The system would store electricity in the batteries and then release it back to the grid on a demand basis.
According to an EDF Energy press release, such storage systems offer a lower carbon solution to relying on coal and gas power stations to meet peaks of electricity demand on the grid.
More lithium-ion batteries are being installed in electric vehicles than into consumer electronics. As demand for electric mobility is on the rise, this means that millions of used electric vehicle batteries will be available for the energy storage market. Some batteries have as much as 70 per cent of their original capacity and more than 10 years of remaining life.
“We believe electric cars are just the start, and our second life programme ensures batteries from our cars continue to provide energy storage capacity in other applications – in houses, businesses, football stadiums even – long after their life in cars,” said Francisco Carranza, director of Energy Services at Nissan Europe.
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