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Volvo launches second-life ‘energy warehouse’

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Volvo 7900 e-bus

Volvo has inaugurated an energy storage project made up of connected lithium-ion batteries previously used in the Swedish automotive manufacturer’s electric buses. 

The “energy warehouse” consists of 14 lithium-ion e-bus batteries, which are installed in a battery chamber and connected to create a 200kWh storage pack, which has been fitted to a Riksbyggen apartment complex in Gothenburg that “aims to be Sweden’s most innovative and sustainable housing project”.

The storage pack will be implemented to cut the apartment complex’s power consumption peaks by storing energy bought from the grid at periods of low demand, and to store or sell surplus solar energy generated at the property.

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Second-life BESS pilot plan for UK water utility

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Argonaut Power logo

Argonaut Power (AP) and Northumbrian Water (NW) have entered a partnership to pilot the use of large-scale battery storage at a number of the water utility’s sites across Suffolk, Essex, and the UK’s North East.

Utilising technology from also-UK-based Connected Energy, ‘second life’ lithium-ion batteries from Renault electric vehicles will be installed at the sites to provide behind the meter storage and thereby ‘manage energy loads and reduce electricity spend.’

AP will manage the operation of the battery systems, fully fund the investment costs, and thereby benefit by taking a share of the total income achieved.

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