Connected Energy, a pioneer in site-integrated energy storage solutions have announced a £1.3million collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover, WMG, at University of Warwick and Videre Global to establish key components of a second life electric car battery management.
The project is co-funded by an Innovate UK grant, awarded in October.
Connected Energy is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and already has an arrangement in place with Renault for the reuse of their batteries.
Its British designed E-STOR energy storage technology will be adapted to integrate second life Jaguar Land Rover batteries, with other work to be undertaken by WMG on the use of varied second life battery modules. This innovative approach will further increase Connected Energy’s knowledge base and performance of their E-STOR systems.
Reuse of electric vehicle batteries enables greater exploitation of the carbon and energy embedded in the manufacturing of the batteries, adding to the sustainability credentials of electric vehicles. Using second life batteries also reduces system costs – making energy storage systems financially viable for a wider range of end users.
Ryan Fisher, Jaguar Land Rover’s project lead said,
“From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will have the option of electrification. This project explores how automotive batteries can be given a second life in energy storage solutions to support wider industry needs.”
With the support of Videre Global the consortium aims to assess the viability of developing world applications, offering lower cost and high reliability second life battery storage systems. Videre Global is a specialist in smart grid systems and energy solutions in the developing world.