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Fallen leaf batteries get shot at grid storage

Thu, 06/18/2015 - 11:24 -- Gerry Woolf
Fallen leaf batteries get shot at grid storage

Nissan Motor Company and Green Charge Networks, allegedly one of the largest provider of commercial energy storage, have joined forces to deploy  used or  so called second-life lithium-ion vehicle batteries for stationary commercial energy storage in the U.S. and international markets.

With more than 178,000 sales since its launch in late 2010,the Nissan LEAF is the world’s top-selling electric vehicle. As part of the company’s commitment to sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Nissan has conducted multiple research projects in Japan, the U.S. and Europe to use LEAF batteries outside the vehicle through 4R Energy, a joint-venture with Sumitomo Corp. formed in 2010.

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LEAF celebrate 99.9% success of its Li-ion battery

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 14:18 -- Paul Crompton
LEAF celebrate 99.9% success of its Li-ion battery

Electric vehicle OEM Nissan is claiming a victory for the lithium-ion battery over combustion engines after posting an almost 100 percent success rate in its LEAF EV cars.

Proprietary data released by the Swiss firm shows 99.99 percent of its 24KwH lithium-ion battery units remain fit for purpose - five years after the launch of the EV.

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Second Life for lithium-ion

Wed, 07/25/2012 - 18:02 -- Ruth Williams

The ‘second life’ potential of batteries is a hot topic at the moment with the rise in EVs meaning more lithium-ion batteries will be in circulation, including the Nissan Leaf being mass-produced in the UK from 2013.  ABB and Zero Carbon Futures are both researching the potential utilisation of ‘used’ batteries.  When the batteries come out of the cars they would still have around 80% capacity, this would reduce the range of the car but still be sufficient to be put to another application.  Zero Carbon Futures, working alongside Nissan, are researching the energy storage potential of the used batteries for home energy management systems.

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