We’ve heard previously about GM’s and others’ plans to recycle and reuse electric vehicle batteries after they’ve outlived their automotive usefulness, and it looks like one of those possible solutions is making some considerable headway. GM and ABB, a company focused on power and automation technologies, have announced that they’ve successfully demonstrated an energy storage system built from five used Chevy Volt batteries, which would be capable of providing two hours of backup power for three to five average homes. As the companies note, while they’re no longer suitable for use in an electric vehicle, the average end-of-life battery has only used up about 30 percent of its charge, the rest of which can go a long way in other applications (especially when a few of them are paired together). Of course, this is all still just at the demonstration stage, but ABB’s Allen Burchett says this demo is an example of “how fast this research concept is turning into reality,” and that the next step is to test out how the system will actually work on the power grid.
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