Multi-functional integrated demonstrator unit from Zero Carbon Futures

Multi-functional integrated demonstrator unit from Zero Carbon Futures

British firm Zero Carbon Futures is joining the club that believes in "life after death" and is developing a solution for after-life for the automotive batteries.

The goal of the collaborative project in North East England is to develop an innovative solution for used batteries from electric vehicles (EVs).

Partially worn batteries still can work 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.

Geoff Watson, Zero Carbon Futures technical manager said:

“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. 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.”

The demonstrator kit will be utilized in the North East’s Future Technology Centre.

Zero Carbon Futures argues that this kind of system will extend battery life by three-times that of its first in-car usage. So if pack will handle 10 years in the vehicle, then it should be able to withstand 20 more as stationary energy storage.

The financial and environment benefits are obvious. Now, who's first to offer up those used EV batteries?