Reuse of electric vehicle batteries is a compelling circular economy innovation
Connected Energy, a provider of site-integrated energy storage solutions, is partnering with Jaguar Land Rover, WMG at University of Warwick, and Videre Global to establish key components of a second life battery value chain.
The £1.3m project is co-funded by an Innovate UK grant, awarded in October.
Connected Energy is based in Newcastle upon Tyne with a technical centre near Norwich. Its British designed E-STOR energy storage technology will be adapted to integrate second life Jaguar Land Rover batteries, with other work to be undertaken by WMG on the use of varied second life battery modules.
Reuse of electric vehicle batteries is a compelling circular economy innovation. Second life enables greater exploitation of the carbon and energy embedded in the manufacturing of the batteries, adding to the sustainability credentials of electric vehicles as well as the electricity system. Using second life batteries also reduces system costs -- making energy storage systems financially viable for a wider range of end users.
“From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will have the option of electrification,” said Ryan Fisher, project lead, Jaguar Land Rover. “This project explores how automotive batteries can be given a second life in energy storage solutions to support wider industry needs.”
WMG is the academic partner to the project, a department of the University of Warwick with a background in energy storage research. WMG will focus on the creation of innovative battery management software that will facilitate the active management of used vehicle batteries, within a grid storage solution.
Videre Global is a specialist in smart grid systems and energy solutions in the developing world. With its support, the consortium aims to assess the viability of developing world applications, offering lower cost and high reliability second life battery storage systems.
“This project is vital as part of our research into understanding the best ways to support rapidly developing micro-grid markets to provide access to energy in some of the world’s poorest communities,” added Craig Morgan, managing director, Videre Global.
“[It] will also help us to understand and plan for the sustainable provision of electric vehicle charging points in remote places together with a responsible approach to the end-of-life recycling, reclamation and safe disposal of EV batteries in the future.”
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