Nissan and EDF partner on energy storage and more

11th October 2018 | Commercial Energy

Both EDF Energy and Nissan have been active in developing the market for electric vehicles and will bring substantial technical expertise to the wide-ranging agreement, which also covers future collaboration across smart charging, batteries, decentralised generation and grid integration.

The first joint project will see the partners explore the business case for recycling retired batteries from the Nissan Leaf into commercial battery storage. The system would see electricity stored in the batteries and released back to the grid using EDF’s Energy PowerShift platform to react quickly to demand-side response (DSR) initiatives. Storage systems offer a lower-carbon solution than relying on coal and gas power stations to meet peaks of electricity demand on the grid.

The combined system will be trialled to see how it can support on-site generation, greater control and flexibility over energy use and provide additional revenue streams. EDF Energy is Nissan’s long-term UK supplier. The EDF PowerShift platform has been developed for businesses that are able to shift or reduce electricity consumption from the grid in times of peak demand or system stress.

Nissan and EDF

Announcing the initiative, the companies pointed out that there are now more lithium-ion batteries being installed in electric vehicles than into consumer electronics. Over time, millions of used electric vehicle batteries are expected to become available for the energy storage market. These batteries have as much as 70 per cent of their original capacity and will still have more than 10 years of remaining life.

Beatrice Bigois, managing director of customers at EDF Energy, said, “The transition to electric vehicles provides huge opportunities for businesses and households, which is why we are investing in the best technology and products to help consumers and business realise the associated benefits.”

Francisco Carranza, director of energy services, Nissan Europe, added, “We are delighted to be entering this partnership to support the expanding electric vehicle market and help create a more sustainable energy future in the UK.”

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