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Nissan and EDF Energy partner to advance low carbon transport

Nissan will provide EDF Energy with second-life batteries to power the UK’s electricity grid

The UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity and one of Britain’s leading car manufacturers are joining forces to work together on a number of projects that will support the adoption of electric vehicles and energy generation and storage solutions.

Nissan and EDF Energy, the manufacturer’s long-term UK supplier, signed the new agreement in Paris and the partnership will kick off with a first of its kind collaboration to explore how second-life Nissan EV batteries can support demand side management.

Both EDF Energy and Nissan have been at the forefront of developing the market for electric vehicles in the UK and will bring substantial technical expertise to the wide-ranging agreement that will support the transition to low carbon transport, such as 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 Nissan LEAF into commercial battery storage. The system would see electricity stored in the batteries and released back to the grid using EDF Energy’s PowerShift to react quickly to demand side response (DSR) initiatives.

Storage systems offer a lower carbon solution compared to 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.

Already this year, there are more lithium-ion batteries being installed in EVs than into consumer electronics and demand for electric mobility is only expected to increase, equating to millions of used EV batteries being available for the energy storage market.

These batteries have as much as 70% of their original capacity and will still have more than 10 years of remaining life.

Managing director of Customers at EDF Energy Beatrice Bigois 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. In partnering with Nissan, we’re excited to explore new technologies and business models to make low carbon transport a reality now and for the future.”

Nissan Europe director of energy services Francisco Carranza said: “We are delighted to be entering this partnership, which will see Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility strategy continue to support the expanding electric vehicle market and help create a more sustainable energy future in the UK.

“We believe electric cars are just the start, and our second life programme ensures batteries from our cars continue to provide energy storage capacity in other applications – in houses, businesses, football stadiums even – long after their life in cars. It’s an exciting prospect and we look forward to working closely with EDF Energy on these developments in future.”

This partnership comes as EDF President Jean-Bernard Levy detailed the group’s strategic plans on electric transport this morning, including its plan to be the leading energy company for EVs by 2022 across its four largest European markets: France, the UK, Italy and Belgium.

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