UK-based Connected Energy is partnering French automobile firm Renault to bring a ‘second-life’ lithium-ion electric vehicle battery energy storage system to market.
Renault will supply EV battery packs for the 50kW/50kWhr E-STOR technology, which can store energy generated from renewable resources such as solar panels and wind turbines.
The system can then be used for peak-shaving, or to enable rapid charging of EVs rather than connecting the vehicle to the grid.
A spokesman for the partnership said at the end of their useful in-vehicle life, Renault EV batteries still had considerable remaining capacity, which meant they could continue to give great service in other applications before they were ultimately recycled.
In 2015, Renault sold 23,086 EV units, with a 23.6% European EV market share.