Motoring Insight Magazine Online

Recycling electric car batteries to provide power to homes could mean 'an end to power cuts'

Ref:A0653
Published: 11 September 2013



A collaborative project in North East England is developing an innovative solution to the problem of successfully exploiting the potential of used batteries from electric vehicles (EVs).


The venture explores the possibility of harnessing power in EV batteries as energy storage in a domestic or workplace environment, either for charging vehicles, providing an emergency power source or feeding power back into the grid.


“Although the performance of lithium ion batteries used in EVs dwindles in their original application after eight to 10 years, they maintain around 80 percent of their operational capability, and the challenge is to successfully harness this potential,” explained Geoff Watson, Zero Carbon Futures technical manager. 


“The project between SR Technology Innovations and tadea, commissioned by Zero Carbon Futures has developed a multi-functional demonstrator unit that can store power from photovoltaic (PV) panels to power the home, charge EVs, feed back into the grid or help manage your power supply to minimize exposure to peak tariffs. The system can also be charged from the grid itself, making it a truly multi-purpose energy storage tool.”


As EV adoption becomes more widespread, the problem of finding a useful second-life for the batteries becomes increasingly important. Once commercialised, the system offers immediate benefits to vehicle manufacturers, EV and home owners, but in the medium to long term can help reduce the cost of EVs and battery hire, as battery life can be extended by three-times that of its first in-car usage. 


The demonstrator kit will be utilised in the North East’s Future Technology Centre, a national centre for low carbon vehicle technologies, and the results assessed to help establish the true potential of this technology.



“The generation of green energy is of growing worldwide focus, and this could represent an efficient storage solution for small-scale solar and turbine energy,” added Dr. Colin Herron, Zero Carbon Futures managing director. “For example, power collected during the day could then be released into the home for use at night, or used to charge an EV ready for work in the morning. 


Installation in line with PV panels can greatly reduce the demand on the national grid and, in the long term, offer considerable savings on energy bills in domestic and commercial application. A secondary source of energy can mean an end to power cuts, the potential for a welcome long-term reduction in energy bills and increasing integration of EVs into the home.”


The battery second-life system can be used independently of EV ownership, which maximises the potential benefits of the project once commercialised. Tim Scott, managing director of SR Technology Innovations, said: “The system is an extension of our work on hybrid vehicles and electronic control systems technologies. 


"It combines a number of discrete energy solutions and the next step will be to integrate these into a smaller, single package which would be more appropriate for a domestic application and will significantly reduce the cost for the full system. The technology will become increasingly compatible as Europe increases its reliance on green energy production and more homes install photovoltaics.”

abortion pill buy online abortion pill cytotec abortion
where to buy abortion pills online abortion pill online purchase buy the abortion pill online
abortion pill prescription go i need to buy the abortion pill
abortion pill prescription abortion pill i need to buy the abortion pill
reasons why women cheat on their husbands wives who cheat on husbands men and women
link married cheat all wives cheat
what is infidelity why do wife cheat on husband i dreamed my husband cheated on me
all women cheat wife affair online
order abortion pill online pill for abortion online order abortion pill
order abortion pill online open order abortion pill
bug viagra nitrous cylinder volkswagen redirect click
link walmart china viagra read here
My husband cheated on me what causes women to cheat click here
My husband cheated on me married looking to cheat click here
why do married men cheat on their wives how to tell if wife has cheated redirect
why do married men cheat on their wives read redirect
why do married men cheat on their wives why do women cheat on husbands redirect
why women cheat on their husbands husbands who cheat cheat on my wife
website wives that cheat read
why husband cheat my fiance cheated on me why women cheat on men they love
women affairs meet to cheat affairs with married men
women affairs I cheated on my girlfriend affairs with married men
click why do women cheat on husbands married woman looking to cheat
married looking to cheat cheats read
read click here read here
abortion pill indiana whats the abortion pill online
abortion with misoprostol get an abortion abortion or abortion pill
read link husband cheated on me
reasons women cheat on their husbands catch a cheater women who cheat on husband

Subscribe to MotorTrades insight
MotorTrades Insight are now official news providers for NewsNow.
AUTO Square 1

Top Stories // This Week

Show Stories For:

modern-jaguars-could-become-classics-in-distant-future-despite-being-less-fun-to-driveModern Jaguars could become classics in distant future despite being ‘less fun to drive’.  Modern Jaguars are less fun to drive but could well become classics in the distant future, according to one of the world’s leading Jaguar restoration specialists. “Less fun to drive? Yes. As fa... bertone-design-director-michael-vernon-robinson-on-how-safety-regulations-affect-the-creativity-of-car-designersBertone Design Director Michael Vernon Robinson on how safety regulations affect the creativity of car designers.  Michael Vernon Robinson is Brand and Design Director at Gruppo Bertone, an Italian firm known for its iconic and inspiring designs. Motortrades Insight’s Danny Hewitt spoke to the American-born desi... exclusive-aa-president-edmund-king-says-car-insurance-should-come-downEXCLUSIVE: AA President Edmund King says ‘car insurance should come down’.  Car insurance has may have reduced by 9.8 per cent from last year to an average price of £736, but the costs are still extraordinarily high and for young people, the figure is far more shocking.But ... aa-president-edmund-king-on-deadly-potholesAA president Edmund King on deadly potholes.  The AA’s president Edmund King had his Mercedes E-Class wrecked by potholes earlier this year, as he was filling it with petrol in the Hertfordshire town of St Albans, when the whole front of the es... mclaren-gt-have-fantastic-race-at-12-hour-endurance-event-at-yas-marina-circuitMcLaren GT have 'fantastic race' at 12-hour endurance event at Yas Marina Circuit.  The 650S GT3 secured a hard-fought podium finish at the 2014 Gulf 12 Hour endurance race at Yas Marina Circuit over the weekend, signing off a successful and competitive year for McLaren GT.  T... michael-vernon-robinson-car-designers-find-it-very-difficult-to-come-up-with-fresh-and-modern-designs-that-do-not-look-stupidMichael Vernon Robinson: Car designers find it ‘very difficult’ to come up with fresh and modern designs that ‘do n.  It’s proving more challenging than ever before for car designers to come up with fresh designs that do not look ridiculous, according to American car designer Michael Vernon Robinson.“It’s very, ver... gas-absorption-heat-pumps-can-help-automotive-businesses-achieve-up-to-150-per-cent-energy-efficiency-and-avoid-climate-change-levyGas absorption heat pumps can help automotive businesses achieve up to 150 per cent energy efficiency and avoid cli.  Is it really possible for a boiler to be more than 100 per cent efficient? Viessmann’s Technical Manager and heat pumps expert Hugh Jones certainly thinks so and the German based company is developi... 

Cookies on Motortrades Insight

Like many popular websites, Motortrades Insight uses some third party widgets that may set and may have already set cookies, for example the Twitter feed on our homepage.
For more information see our cookie policy. By clicking close and continue you agree to our use of cookies.