Renault plans to recycle car batteries for further use in the home energy systems
Renault is one of the top most automotive companies in the world. The company has recently moved into developing electric vehicles so as to help save energy. Renault has partnered with a home energy startup company called “Powervault” so as to make use of the older electric car batteries and also make the solar batteries affordable for the home systems.
Renault plans to lend its electric car batteries to Powervault so that the company can use the batteries in their home energy storage units. The batteries will enable the users having the solar panels installed to harvest and store electricity at an affordable price. The stored energy can later be drawn from the grid as per the requirement of the consumers. Both the companies’ partnership is going to help the consumers to a great extent.
For now, the Powervault’s home energy storage systems have been getting attention owing to the media coverage in the recent months. Though the system may seem to be at the pilot scale but still there are various high-end companies such as Tesla, Mercedes, and others providing their products for the building up of the system. If you compare the native solar systems with the new home energy storage systems then the price tag of the later is affordable owing to the 30% decline in the price.
For boosting the adoption of the solar systems, the companies are coming up with the latest technologies. The idea of using the electric car batteries is beneficial as the car batteries tend to have charging and recharging problems after 8–10 years. Even though the batteries may lose their charge retaining power it can still be used as a static storage device. There is thus no need for physically recycling the battery anymore.
The use of the batteries in the solar system is similar to giving a second life to the electric car batteries. The availability of an affordable home energy storage system is like a win-win situation for the consumers as well as the environment. The companies have planned to test their pilot scale products in July for about 50 houses in the U.K. that have the solar systems already installed.
So let’s wait and check the consumer’s response once the technology is publicized.