A brand new settlement between Volvo Buses and Stena Recycling subsidiary Batteryloop will give second lives to used EV batteries. After the batteries are faraway from Volvo’s buses, they are going to be reused as vitality storage models in stationary functions similar to buildings and charging stations.
Bus batteries are used for a few years earlier than they have to be changed, however when new batteries are fitted to the car, the outdated ones nonetheless have appreciable capability left. This capability is just too restricted for an EV, however it’s greater than adequate for stationary vitality storage functions.
The settlement has a world attain, overlaying all of the batteries in Volvo’s electrical buses worldwide.
Batteryloop and Volvo Buses have already been concerned in a joint challenge with Stena Fastigheter, whereby bus batteries are used as vitality storage models to offer electrical energy to the Fyrklövern residential space in Gothenburg. The electrical energy that’s saved in these models comes from photo voltaic panels fitted to the condo buildings’ rooftops.
“We’ve a clear-cut sustainability technique at each single stage of our worth chain, and we at the moment are taking one other step ahead by deliberate, constant reuse of bus batteries,” says Volvo Buses President Håkan Agnevall.
“Along with reuse, we additionally assure secure and environmentally appropriate recycling when the batteries come to the tip of their second life as vitality storage models,” mentioned Rasmus Bergström, Managing Director of Batteryloop. “We thus supply a sustainable round answer for Volvo Buses batteries. What’s extra, this cooperation means we will convert a value right into a income for the shopper.”
“An vitality storage unit is sort of a giant energy financial institution that offers the consumer appreciable flexibility and will help generate earnings. We see that there’s a fast-growing market in numerous sorts of properties, and in addition for charging stations for EVs each in business and in society. Our cooperation with Volvo Buses will present a precious contribution to the event of the infrastructure that must be constructed up,” added Bergström.