Using recycled tires to produce footwear, turning wastewater into fertilizer and making clothing out of oceanic waste are just some of the many innovations arising from circular economy initiatives. In order to reach desired sustainable growth, more and more corporations are implementing circular business models. Through this method, companies reduce material use, redesign products to be less resource-intensive, extend the lifetime of assets and products and recapture waste as a resource for manufacturing.
Now, thinking at a larger scale, imagine being able to power entire cities with reused materials. It may sound utopian, but at Enel we are giving batteries a second life with our latest project.
In an effort to enhance grid stability with the energy stored in disused batteries from Nissan electric vehicles, Enel has set into motion its new project: Second Life.
A pioneering project
Open innovation and collaboration are essential to success. The Second Life project was created and implemented thanks to synergies with the automotive brand Nissan and Loccioni, an Italian company that develops storage systems and integrators. The solution developed by EGP in collaboration with Nissan involves reusing 30 brand new and 48 disused electric vehicle batteries connecting them together to provide a total available charge of up to 4 MW, with a maximum accumulated energy of 1.7 MWh. The project has now been implemented at a conventional power plant in Melilla, Spain, which is operated by Enel’s Spanish subsidiary, Endesa.
Pablo Fontela Martinez, Innovation Project Manager at Endesa, explained how “now that the system is in commercial operation, we will keep on monitoring how the batteries behave.” The resulting data will allow more business lines within the Group to leverage reused electric vehicle batteries to support the energy transition.
We have strongly believed in this project since day one,” Ernesto Ciorra, Chief Innovability® Officer, declared. “We got important partners onboard throughout, counting on the relentless dedication of our colleagues and on a real, operating plant where we could implement storage solutions giving batteries a second life.”