ABB, 4R Energy, Nissan North America and Sumitomo to evaluate the reuse of the Nissan LEAF battery for commercial purposes
|Cutaway of Nissan LEAF battery pack. Click to enlarge.|
ABB, 4R Energy, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) and Sumitomo Corporation of America have formed a partnership to evaluate the reuse of lithium-ion battery packs that power the Nissan LEAF. (4R Energy was established in September 2010 as a new joint venture company between Nissan Motor Co. and Sumitomo to conduct research and field tests on the second-life use of lithium-ion batteries that have been used previously in electric vehicles. Earlier post.)
The purpose is to evaluate and test the residential and commercial applications of energy storage systems or back-up power sources using lithium-ion battery packs reclaimed from electric vehicles after use. The team plans to develop a LEAF battery storage prototype with a capacity of at least 50 kWh, enough to supply 15 average homes with electricity for two hours.
The agreement will allow us to evaluate the commercial viability of a grid storage solution and develop a prototype to effectively reuse Nissan LEAF batteries. We look forward to working with our partners to take electric vehicle battery energy storage technology a step further.—Bruno Melles, head of ABB’s Medium Voltage power products business
Electric vehicle batteries have up to 70% capacity remaining after 10 years of use in an automotive application. This longevity allows them to be used beyond the lifetime of the vehicle for applications such as a smart-grid community energy management system or battery energy storage.
It’s important to Nissan that we manage the complete lifecycle of the electric vehicle battery pack, even beyond its use in a Nissan car. Innovations in energy storage systems are becoming more viable as the electric grid gets smarter, and Nissan is proud to work with ABB, 4R Energy and Sumitomo to help bring these possibilities to market.—Ken Srebnik, Senior Manager, NNA Corporate Planning
Energy storage solutions are expected to become a key component of the smart grid, contributing to greater efficiency, reliability and performance; they will facilitate further integration of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, into the grid. The evaluation of Nissan batteries, through the partnership, will help determine their suitability for the power industry as a cost-effective energy storage solution.
(A hat-tip to Tomas!)