A joint venture is aiming to bring the world’s largest second use lithium-ion battery storage unit on-line in Germany.
The JV between Daimler AG, The Mobility House AG and German Utility firm GETEC aims to bring on-line a stationary storage unit with a total capacity of 13 MWh.
The battery packs will come from the manufacture and reprocessing of battery systems at the Daimler subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles from Daimler AG.
The system will be used to level out energy fluctuations in the grid.
To date, OEMs have been concentrating on using old EV packs in residential Energy Storage Systems. Old packs are said to maintain up to 80% of their capacity at the end of a vehicle’s life.
Under the banner of ‘E-Mobility thought to the end’ the JV maps out the entire battery value creation and recycling chain.
The project begins next year at the site of REMONDIS SE in the Westphalian town of Lünen.
The latest JV further signals Daimler’s intention of entering the second-life Energy Storage System market.
Back in May Daimler, via its subsidiary ACCUMOTIVE, entered the industrial and residential stationary energy storage sector in May 2015.
Then in June it announced it would jointly market solar energy storage batteries (capacity 2.5kWh and 5.9kWh) alongside German utility company (EnBW Energie Baden-Wuerttrg AG).