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.”


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

Top Stories // This Week

Show Stories For:

ford-puts-automated-braking-technology-to-test-on-stressful-parisian-streets-including-place-de-letoile-at-arc-de-triompheFord puts automated braking technology to test on stressful Parisian streets including Place de l’Etoile at Arc de .  Ford has put its automatic braking technology, Active City Stop, to the test in some of Europe’s toughest driving conditions. The streets of Paris provided the ultimate challenge, with the Fren... public-urged-to-speak-out-against-uks-million-drug-driversPublic urged to speak out against UK's million drug drivers.  People are being urged to stand up to illegal drug drivers, after a survey by Brake and Direct Line found the equivalent of one million UK drivers - three per cent - admit driving on drugs in the pa... acceleration-top-speed-emissions-and-fuel-economy-aston-martins-enhancements-to-vanquish-ultimate-gt-and-rapide-sAcceleration, top speed, emissions and fuel economy: Aston Martin's enhancements to Vanquish ultimate GT and Rapide.  Aston Martin has revealed details of a raft of important enhancements to two of the brand’s most popular and successful sports cars: the Vanquish ultimate GT and Rapide S four-door, four-seat, sport... car-dealers-warned-to-be-ready-for-new-dvla-online-tax-disc-changesCar dealers warned to be ready for new DVLA online tax disc changes.  As of October 1 2014, the Driving Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA) will make the widely publicised move from paper tax discs to online. Dealers are being warned to make sure they don’t get c... 2-in-5-drivers-send-texts-while-on-the-move-as-mobile-use-is-revealed-as-leading-distraction-for-drivers2 in 5 drivers send texts while on the move as mobile use is revealed as leading distraction for drivers.  Drivers are prioritising fuel economy and responsible driving over sound systems and flashy paint jobs, according to new research.It has been revealed that the UK’s number one car-buying considerati... motorcycle-sportswear-manufacturer-dainese-reveals-autumn-collectionMotorcycle sportswear manufacturer Dainese reveals Autumn collection.  Italian motorcycle sportswear manufacturer Dainese is releasing an Autumn 2014 collection that will be available in UK dealers from September.There are new products in the city, sports and touring r... kia-sorento-manufacturer-reveals-first-photos-of-third-generationKia Sorento: manufacturer reveals first photos of third generation.  The first photos of the all-new Kia Sorento released today confirm that the third generation of the popular SUV will feature a striking, more mature appearance, with bold, swept-back styling and sop... new-hyundai-i20-pictures-revealed-ahead-of-paris-motor-show-debutNew Hyundai i20 pictures revealed ahead of Paris Motor Show debut.  Hyundai yesterday unveiled the first images of the New Generation i20, ahead of its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.With the launch of its latest model, Hyundai Motor is continuing its succ... leon-morris-and-marty-nutt-win-motorcycle-races-at-cadwell-parkLeon Morris and Marty Nutt win motorcycle races at Cadwell Park.  A packed Bank Holiday crowd were treated to two thrilling races over the weekend with Leon Morris and Marty Nutt taking a win each.Leon Morris, Carl Cox Motorsport/ P&H Motorcycles increased his... limited-first-edition-onyx-black-volvo-xc90-cars-available-onlineLimited first edition Onyx Black Volvo XC90 cars available online.  Volvo Cars is releasing a limited first edition of its all-new Volvo XC90, which was launched yesterday in Stockholm. With an Onyx Black exterior and 8-spoke, 21-inch alloy wheels, the 1,927 in... 

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.