JLR has discovered a use for its second-life Jaguar I-Tempo batteries.
The automaker, previously generally known as Jaguar Land Rover, is working with Wykes Engineering, a producer of renewable vitality merchandise, to develop one of many largest vitality storage methods within the UK to harness photo voltaic and wind energy utilizing outdated I-Tempo batteries.
JLR’s announcement is the automaker’s first foray into vitality storage methods. It follows comparable strikes by opponents to make sure some stage of grid stability because the rise in electrical automobiles guarantees to spice up electrical energy demand. Tesla has lengthy been a pioneer in photo voltaic vitality and vitality storage methods, and Normal Motors lately launched its personal stationary storage system. GM additionally mentioned in August that future automobiles could be constructed with vehicle-to-grid bidirectional charging capabilities.
Wykes Engineering’s battery vitality storage methods (BESS) are able to supplying energy on to the Nationwide Grid throughout peak hours, based on an announcement from JLR. They’ll additionally draw energy out of the grid throughout off-peak hours to retailer for future use.
“One of many main advantages of the system we’ve developed is that the containers are related to the Grid in such a manner that they will soak up photo voltaic vitality that would in any other case be misplaced when the grid reaches capability,” mentioned David Wykes, managing director of Wykes Engineering, in an announcement. “This extra vitality can now be saved within the second life I-Tempo batteries and discharged later. This permits us to ‘overplant’ the photo voltaic park and maximize the quantity of energy we generate for the world of land we’re utilizing.”
One in every of Wykes’s methods makes use of 30 second-life I-Tempo batteries and might retailer as much as 2.5 MWh of vitality at full capability.
The I-Tempo, which makes use of a 90 kWh battery and has a variety of just about 300 miles, initially went on sale in 2018. In August, JLR mentioned it could discontinue the electrical crossover earlier than relaunching as an all-electric model in 2025. Jaguar plans to debut its first next-gen EV in late 2024 and launch in 2025, however the firm continues to be finalizing particulars of the launch calendar for its different all-new electrical fashions coming by mid-decade.
JLR mentioned it would give a second life to batteries from prototype and engineering take a look at I-Paces at first, supplying sufficient batteries to retailer a complete of seven.5 MWh of vitality by the tip of 2023 — sufficient to energy 750 properties for a day. As extra manufacturing automobiles attain their end-of-life, these batteries will likely be added to Wykes’s BESS.
As a part of a technical collaboration, the 2 firms have discovered a manner to make use of Jaguar I-Tempo batteries as they’re and slot them instantly into racks in Wykes’s containers on-site. In different phrases, the I-Tempo batteries don’t have to undergo any further manufacturing steps or have their battery modules eliminated for use in Wykes’s BESS.
Because the EV revolution takes maintain, second-life batteries might exceed 200 gigawatt-hours by 2030, creating a worldwide worth of $30 billion, based on a examine from McKinsey & Firm. The partnership with Wykes is a part of JLR’s transfer to undertake round financial system rules and obtain carbon web zero by 2039. Because the automaker’s all-electric model goes to market, JLR will create a brand new round financial system enterprise mannequin that includes reusing outdated car batteries in vitality storage methods “and past.”
As soon as the well being of these second-life batteries diminishes, JLR will recycle them to get well and re-use uncooked supplies, the corporate mentioned.
In recent times, different automakers like Groupe Renault and Audi have discovered methods to repurpose outdated batteries, together with by putting them into vitality storage methods. Different OEMs like Lucid Motors, BMW and Proterra have integrated reuse rules into their battery designs.