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ABB, Nissan to Test Leaf Batteries for Community Storage: ABB and Nissan, along with 4R Energy and Sumitomo Co...

ABB, Nissan to Test Leaf Batteries for Community Storage: ABB and Nissan, along with 4R Energy and Sumitomo Co...

ABB and Nissan, along with 4R Energy and Sumitomo Corporation of America, announced a partnership to test used batteries from Nissan Leafs as back-up power sources on the electrical grid. If the news on Thursday sounds familiar, it is. About six months ago, ABB partnered with General Motors to test used batteries from the Chevy Volt for storage. ABB and Nissan will develop a Leaf battery storage prototype with at least 50-kilowatt hours of electricity, enough to keep the lights on for about two hours across 15 U.S. homes. Batteries in electric cars have a lot of life left in them, about 70 percent of their capacity remains after a decade in the car. “The agreement will allow us to evaluate the commercial viability of a grid storage solution and develop a prototype to effectively reuse Nissan LEAF batteries,” Bruno Melles, head of ABB's Medium Voltage power products busines...

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