One of the UK’s leading football teams, Manchester City, is using its power to promote a residential energy storage system (ESS) that uses recycled car batteries.
The batteries come from Manchester City’s sponsor, Nissan, which has found a use for batteries used in its top-selling Leaf vehicles after their capacity declines to 70-80% and they need replacing.
The batteries are then given “a second life” in a lithium-ion ESS called xStorage Home, which also uses electronics from power management company Eaton. New batteries, made at Nissan’s car plant in Sunderland, can also be used.
The xStorage Home system – with or without a Manchester City badge on it – is available now to pre-order with installations starting this July through Eaton’s installers. Cyrille Brisson, EMEA vice president at Eaton, believes partnering with one of the world’s top football clubs will allow the firm to benefit from a joint marketing programme that reaches City fans throughout the UK.
Damian Willoughby, senior vice president of partnerships for City Football Group, said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Eaton as this relationship exemplifies the club’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.”
Nissan claims the recycled batteries will last between five and 10 years in the energy storage unit.