25 July 2018

Connected Energy announces “major milestone” in its Innovate UK co-funded 2nd hEVen research collaboration to extend value-chain of second life EV batteries

The pioneer in site-integrated energy storage solutions, has today (25th July) announced a “major milestone” in its £1.3million collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover to establish key components of a second life battery value chain.

Newcastle-headquartered award-winning business Connected Energy is delighted to announce that its British-designed E-STOR energy storage technology has been successfully adapted to integrate second life Jaguar Land Rover batteries.

Connected Energy’s technical team has adapted their control systems and methodology to operate the large Jaguar Land Rover batteries, which have the distinction of being liquid-cooled, within their E-STOR system. Jaguar Land Rover I-PACE batteries are operating in stationary storage mode outside the vehicle for the first time.

Connected Energy’s E-STOR platform is battery-agnostic, with current commercial systems utilising 2nd life batteries operating in a variety of behind the meter applications across Europe. The company plans to develop a fully-integrated multiple battery variation of the E-STOR system using the new and second life Jaguar Land Rover batteries.

Matthew Lumsden said “Connected Energy is extremely proud to be working as part of this consortium to explore how we can extend the value chain of second life batteries in the future. This milestone demonstrates the flexibility of the E-STOR system and we expect it to lead to further collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover as British industry continues to lead in the global EV circular economy”.

Mick Cameron, Head of e-Mobility at Jaguar Land Rover said, “From 2020 all new Jaguar Land Rover vehicles will have the option of electrification. This project explores how automotive batteries can be given a second life in energy storage solutions to support wider industry needs.”

Reuse of electric vehicle batteries is compelling circular economy innovation. Second life enables greater exploitation of the carbon and energy embedded in the manufacturing of the batteries, adding to the sustainability credentials of electric vehicles as well as the electricity system. Using second life batteries also reduces system costs - making energy storage systems financially viable for a wider range of end users.