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WMG joins new £1.3 million vehicle battery recycling project
WMG, at the University of Warwick has joined a £1.3 million project with Connected Energy, a pioneer in site-integrated energy storage solutions, Jaguar Land Rover, WMG, and Videre Global to establish key components of a world leading second life battery value chain. The project is co-funded by an Innovate UK grant, awarded in October.
Connected Energy is based in Newcastle upon Tyne with a technical centre near Norwich. Its British designed E-STOR energy storage technology will be adapted to integrate recycled Jaguar Land Rover batteries, with other work to be undertaken by WMG on the use of varied second life battery modules. This innovative approach will further increase Connected Energy’s knowledge base and performance of their E-STOR systems.
Reuse of electric vehicle batteries is compelling circular economy innovation. Second life enables greater exploitation of the carbon and energy embedded in the manufacturing of the batteries, adding to the sustainability credentials of electric vehicles as well as the electricity system. Using second life batteries also reduces system costs – making energy storage systems financially viable for a wider range of end users.
WMG at the University of Warwick is the academic research partner to the project. It is a department of the University of Warwick, and has a considerable reputation for energy storage research.
Dr James Marco at WMG said: “WMG are very excited to extend their expertise in “first-life” battery system design, control and manufacture towards the realisation of “2nd-life” battery solutions that will keep the battery in useful service for longer and mitigate, in part, the need to recycle batteries in the medium term. WMG will focus on the creation of innovative battery management software that will facilitate the active management of used vehicle batteries, within a grid storage solution. Outside of the UK, the ability to effectively manage an ad-hoc collection of battery technologies in a holistic manner is particularly pertinent to the deployment of localised energy storage solutions within developing countries.”
Matthew Lumsden of Connected Energy added: “Connected Energy is extremely proud to be working as part of this consortium to explore how we can extend the value chain of second life batteries in the future. Our status as world leaders in the field of utilising second life electric vehicle batteries is enhanced with the involvement of WMG. With the expertise of Videre Global, exploring developing world applications further bolsters the sustainability credentials of our E-STOR system.”
Ryan Fisher, Jaguar Land Rover’s project lead concluded: “From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will have the option of electrification. This project explores how automotive batteries can be given a second life in energy storage solutions to support wider industry needs.”
With the support of Videre Global the consortium aims to assess the viability of developing world applications, offering lower cost and high reliability second life battery storage systems. Videre Global is a specialist in smart grid systems and energy solutions in the developing world.