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French electricity producer CNR and Renault enter partnership on recharging with renewable power, end-of-life battery secondary use

The Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR), France’s leading producer of 100% renewable electricity, and Renault signed a partnership agreement at the Lyon International Motor Show. This agreement is aimed at developing:

  • A commercial offer for the smart recharging of Renault’s electric vehicles that will allow users to fill-up with CNR’s 100% renewable electricity;
  • Opportunities for using the batteries of Renault’s electric vehicles at the end of their lifetime, as an additional resource for storing energy by CNR; and
  • Offers for supplying green electricity by CNR at Renault’s production sites.

CNR has created the Move in Pure package that has the threefold advantage of providing remote recharging of electric vehicle batteries, guaranteeing the consumer that the energy used comes from the company’s hydroelectricity, wind power or solar production, and ensuring that the French national electricity grid (RTE) remains balanced. Move In Pure uses the random share of CNR’s production to store electricity in the vehicles via a remote controlled system.

CNR is France’s second largest electricity producer and its foremost producer of exclusively renewable energy. At present it has over 3,200 MW of installed capacity in hydropower, wind power and solar power and aims to reach 5,000 MW in France by 2015.

Founded in 1933, the government entrusted it in 1934 with the concession to manage the Rhone to develop and operate it in view to fulfilling three financially important missions for the community: produce hydroelectricity, improve navigation, and supply water for irrigation and other agricultural purposes.



This appears an excellent mandated company model.
Surely this announcement will put a smile on many faces.

I wonder how second wind battery utilisation will face the efficiency challenge?

It would seem to me that as efficiency diminishes so the losses must increase. What is the tradeoff re cost effectiveness vs. losses and inefficiency or waste.
Will the owner IE the market, make the decision to scrap and how can that be assisted?

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