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Nissan and EDF partner on second-life batteries

Agreement also covers future collaboration across smart charging, batteries, decentralised generation and grid integration

The companies are exploring the use of retired Nissan Leaf batteries
The companies are exploring the use of retired Nissan Leaf batteries

Automaker Nissan and EDF Energy have announced they are collaborating on several projects that will support the adoption of electric vehicles and energy generation and storage solutions.


Both EDF Energy and Nissan have been involved in developing the market for electric vehicles in the UK and will bring technical expertise to the wide-ranging agreement that will support the transition to low carbon transport, such as smart charging, batteries, decentralised generation and grid integration.


The business case for recycling


The first joint project will see the partners explore the business case for recycling retired batteries from Nissan Leaf vehicles into commercial battery storage. The system would see electricity stored in the batteries and released back to the grid using EDF Energy’s demand side response platform PowerShift to react quickly to demand side response (DSR) 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, the partners report. These batteries have as much as 70 per cent of their original capacity and will still have more than 10 years of remaining life.


“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,” said Beatrice Bigois, managing director of customers at EDF Energy.


“In partnering with Nissan, we’re excited to explore new technologies and business models to make low carbon transport a reality now and for the future.”

“The transition to electric vehicles provides huge opportunities for businesses and households"

This partnership comes as EDF president Jean-Bernard Levy detailed the group’s strategic plans on electric transport including its plan to be the leading energy company for EVs by 2022 across its four largest European markets: France, the UK, Italy and Belgium.


“We are delighted to be entering this partnership, which will see Nissan’s intelligent mobility strategy continue to support the expanding electric vehicle market and help create a more sustainable energy future in the UK,” added Francisco Carranza, director of energy services, Nissan Europe.


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