11 Apr '11, 8pm

DOE Lab Studies Uses for Expired Electric Vehicle Batteries

DOE Lab Studies Uses for Expired Electric Vehicle Batteries

A new government study will investigate secondary uses for used electric vehicle batteries, like the Nissan LEAF's lithium-ion battery. Photo: Nissan With electric vehicles (EVs) like the Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt set to be available to consumers later this year, what will happen to the cars’ batteries when they are no longer usable? The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced last week that it will partner with a team of industry and universities, led by the California Center for Sustainable Energy , to study second uses for EVs’ lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Researchers think that old Li-ion batteries may be used to manage residential and commercial electric power and to stabilize the power grid. The batteries could also store energy generated by renewable sources such as wind and solar and be tied to the electric grid. Accord...

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