15 May 2017

Connected Energy, together with Groupe Renault, supplies ‘second life’ battery solutions as part of European electric vehicle charging network

Connected Energy, together with Groupe Renault, supplies ‘second life’ battery solutions as part of European electric vehicle charging network.

Connected Energy, together with its partner Groupe Renault, is going to supply two of its award-winning E-STOR energy storage units for the Fast –E corridor. The Fast-E corridor is a European funded project to develop a network of 50Kw EV fast chargers that will ultimately span Europe.

These units will be located at sites next to motorways in Germany and Belgium. They have been specifically designed to integrate with EV charging infrastructure and in this instance, will communicate directly with Efacec chargers to actively manage grid load.

As the E-STOR units integrate second-life Renault electric vehicle batteries, the technology represents a real-life demonstrator of circular economy-driven design.

Rapid EV charging capability

Developed by UK-based Connected Energy in partnership with Groupe Renault, E-STOR enables the installation of rapid electric vehicle charging on sites where electricity supply would normally constrain operation.

Instead of only charging vehicles via a high-capacity supply directly from the grid (which can require an expensive and complex upgrade) E-STOR charges up at a slower rate over a period of time – making it ready to release energy and charge electric vehicles as required.

Urgent need for sustainable EV charging

Connected Energy Managing Director, Matthew Lumsden said, “We are delighted to be supplying E-STOR systems to the Fast-E Corridor.

“Energy storage will play a key role in the development of EV charging infrastructure. The adoption of our technology on this high-profile European project offers further evidence of the market’s requirement for innovative approaches to facilitating EV charging. E-STOR combines exceptional technical performance, reliability and sustainability credentials. Wherever it is deployed it offers a superb example of the circular economy in action.”

“As the pioneer and the leader on European electric vehicle market, every day, we at Groupe Renault are innovating to develop and increase the charging infrastructure in order to offer the best experience to our clients. Electric vehicles are easy to use and, with technologies such as E-STOR, charging has never been so easy and fast”, said Nicolas Schottey, Groupe Renault Director EV Batteries & Infrastructures Program.

Benefits beyond EV charging

Connected Energy’s E-STOR systems also offer a solution to load management for use on industrial and commercial sites. Systems can be controlled by a sophisticated energy optimisation platform to provide a reliable and proven alternative power source at peak tariff times.

E-STOR works with a company's onsite solar PV, or micro wind turbines, storing and releasing energy directly into site systems thereby avoiding the financial shortfalls of exporting to the Grid.