Eaton and Nissan have partnered to combine their expertise in power electronics and lithium-ion batteries respectively, to bring reliable and cost-competitive energy storage and control technologies to the market. Nissan’s lithium-ion electric vehicle batteries are given a ‘second-life’ in these uninterruptable power supply (UPS) systems, where they can be stacked and used to power private residences, small offices and data centres up to grid-scale applications. It is claimed that the batteries could last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced. So far, the UPS has been tested using PV at Nissan and Eaton’s facilities and has recently been installed at data centres run by potential customers. After feedback from these companies has been given, the UPS systems are expected to go into production within the first half of 2016.
Eaton and Nissan Partner on Energy Storage (Eureka)