Nissan and Eaton team up for a larger application of energy storage via used LEAF batteries
Nissan is ever moving forward with its commercialization of energy storage systems using ‘second-life’ lithium-ion batteries from electric cars.
The company's most recent large-scale installation of re-purposed EV batteries power Webaxys' data center at the Saint-Romain de Colbosc Eco Park in Normandy, France.
As you can see in the photo, Nissan is using battery pack set upright (not unlike BMW's recent ESS solution) and enclosed in an external closet beside Eaton power electronics.
Also of note: Smaller residential ESS projects are also available through Nissan's xStorage program in Europe - €4,000 ($4,5000 USD) nets customers a recycled 4.5 kWh battery back-up system installed (details).
Webaxys plans more such installations in other regional data centers in the future "that harness this same technology and integrate into the local economy, minimising environmental impact and energy consumption".
"Nissan and Eaton have joined forces to provide an innovative energy storage solution incorporating renewable energy sources for cloud and IT services hosting company Webaxys’ new, ‘eco-responsible’ data centre based at the Saint-Romain de Colbosc Eco Park in Normandy.
The energy storage solution provides a ‘second-life’ for Nissan electric vehicle batteries and in combination with Eaton’s leading uninterruptible power supply capabilities, provides an industrialised energy control and storage solution for managing data centres. This innovative solution not only enables integration with local renewable sources, but allows companies to draw down from and provide energy back to the grid, ensuring stable and cost efficient energy management systems.
Data centres already make up 1.5% to 2% of worldwide electricity consumption, and this rises sharply each year. However, the energy demands of data centres, which cannot tolerate the slightest power outage, makes the application of renewable energy sources particularly difficult. This new Eaton and Nissan energy control and storage system will mean firms like Webaxys can store energy once produced so that it can be used on demand to power the business. This overcomes risks associated with renewable energy sources which are more susceptible to interruptions in supply and ensures the supply of pure, quality power."
Gareth Dunsmore, Director of Electric Vehicles, Nissan Europe said:
“This installation at Webaxys marks an important historical moment for data centres in their quest to become energy autonomous in the near future. By combining Nissan’s expertise in vehicle design and reliable battery technology with Eaton’s leadership in power quality and electronics, we hope to demonstrate that data centre energy management can be stable, sustainable and cost efficient in the near future.”