Nissan Batteries Power A Factory In Japan
JUN 6 2018 BY MARK KANE
Nissan EV batteries found second-life in the energy storage system at Japan Benex’s headquarters plant in Isahaya, Japan.
In total, 24 Nissan batteries of undisclosed capacity will complement a solar installation and a fleet of 10 Nissan e-NV200 electric cars in the smart energy system.
The ‘Future Plant’ project enables Japan Benex to lower energy-usage in peak periods and should be ready for the virtual power plants (VPP) concept (with remote control charging, by a utility, to delay or stop charging when the grid is overloaded).
“The newly developed stationary power storage system combines renewable energy, reused batteries and electric vehicles to promote efficient energy use and environmental sustainability. Nissan will support the project by providing 10 Nissan e-NV200 electric commercial vehicles.
The vehicles and batteries will help stabilize output from the solar power system and reduce the plant’s electricity costs by using stored energy during times of peak demand. The Nissan e-NV200s will be used by employees for commuting or work purposes, and their batteries will eventually be recycled and refabricated as components of the energy storage system.
Japan Benex and Sumitomo Corp. co-developed the system for use in virtual power plants (VPP)1, which are expected to be operating in Japan by 2020. It will help optimize the timing for charging and discharging energy to adjust electricity supply and demand throughout an entire region.
Japan Benex and Sumitomo Corp. have begun field testing power storage systems and electric vehicles as part of their participation in the Kansai VPP project. The Future Plant project will help expand the use of renewable energy, create a system that promotes the reuse of electric-vehicle batteries while optimizing energy supply and demand, and ultimately help realize a low-carbon society.”