Nissan and EDF Energy are joining forces to work together on projects that support the adoption of electric vehicles and energy generation and storage solutions.
The first joint project will see the companies explore the business case for recycling retired batteries from the Nissan Leaf into commercial battery storage.
The system would see electricity stored in the batteries and released back to the grid using EDF Energys PowerShift to react quickly to demand side response initiatives.
Storage systems offer a lower carbon solution compared to relying on coal and gas power stations to meet peaks of electricity demand on the grid.
The combined system will be trialled to see how it can support on-site generation, greater control and flexibility over energy use, and provide additional revenue streams.
Already this year, there are more lithium-ion batteries being installed in electric vehicles than into consumer electronics and demand for electric mobility is only expected to increase, equating to millions of used electric vehicle batteries being available for the energy storage market.
These batteries have as much as 70% of their original capacity and will still have more than 10 years of remaining life.
Beatrice Bigois, managing director of customers at EDF Energy said: ‘The transition to Electric Vehicles provides huge opportunities for businesses and households, which is why we are investing in the best technology and products to help consumers and business realise the associated benefits. In partnering with Nissan, were excited to explore new technologies and business models to make low carbon transport a reality now and for the future.’
Francisco Carranza, director of energyservices, Nissan Europe, said: ‘We are delighted to be entering this partnership, which will see Nissans Intelligent Mobility strategy continue to support the expanding electric vehicle market and help create a more sustainable energy future in the UK.’
Environment Journal interviewed Gareth Dunsmore, electric vehicles director at Nissan earlier this year.