WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group), at the University of Warwick has joined a £1.3 million project with Connected Energy, Jaguar Land Rover, and Videre Global to establish key components of a world-leading second life battery value chain. The project is co-funded by an Innovate UK grant, awarded in October.
Connected Energy is a pioneer in site-integrated energy storage solutions. Its British-designed E-STOR energy storage technology will be adapted to integrate recycled Jaguar Land Rover batteries with other work to be undertaken by WMG on the use of varied second life battery modules.
Second life enables greater exploitation of the carbon and energy embedded in the manufacturing of the batteries. Using second life batteries also makes energy storage systems financially viable for a wider range of end users.
WMG will focus on the creation of battery management software to facilitate the active management of used vehicle batteries, within a grid storage solution.
Ryan Fisher, Jaguar Land Rover’s project lead 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.”