Second-life batteries offer EV charging31/08/17Energy
UK-based Connected Energy and Groupe Renault have installed two quick-charge electric vehicle (EV) stations based on the E-STOR energy storage technology on highways in Belgium and Germany.
Motorists there will be the first in the world to benefit from this service.
The E-STOR technology, developed by Connected Energy, uses second-life batteries from Renault EVs. Using the E-STOR system, the batteries are recharged at low power, and the stored energy is then released at high power.
It means that EV charging services can be offered in locations where constructing a high-power connection to the power grid would be costly.
Matthew Lumsden, managing director of Connected Energy, said: “We are developing a range of E-STOR systems. Some, like the two installed in Belgium and Germany, are designed specifically to enable lower cost, more sustainable electric vehicle charging, so it’s very great to see these in action.
“We are now talking to several parties about projects in the UK and Europe and look forward to wide-scale rollout in coming months.”
Connected Energy’s E-STOR systems also offer a solution to load management for use on industrial and commercial sites. Systems can be controlled by an energy optimisation platform to provide a power source at peak tariff times.