Groupe Renault has announced the launch of Advanced Battery Storage, a stationary storage system for energy developed exclusively from EV batteries.
It will have a storage capacity of at least 60 MWh, making it the biggest system of its kind ever built in Europe. The first facilities will be developed in early 2019 on three sites in France and Germany. The storage capacity will then be gradually expanded over time to contain the energy of 2,000 EV batteries. The company says that at this phase, the system will have reached – or more likely, exceed – the 60 MWh, equivalent to the daily consumption of a city of 5,000 households.
The purpose of this system, Renault says, is to manage the difference between electricity consumption and production at a given time, in order to increase the proportion of renewable sources in the energy mix. This means maintaining the balance between offer and demand on the electricity grid by integrating different energy sources with fluctuating production capacities. By helping to maintain the balance of the grid, the stationary storage system will boost the economic attractiveness of low-carbon energies.
This stationary storage system is built using EV batteries compiled in containers. The system uses second-life batteries, as well as new batteries stored for future use in standard replacement during after-sales operations.
Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (October 2018 edition)
16 Oct 2018