Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) announced the launch of a joint demonstration project for utilizing used lithium-ion batteries from electric-powered vehicles. The project will be executed in partnership with Electricite de France (EDF), Forsee Power, a key provider of energy storage solutions sponsored by EDF, and PSA Peugeot Citroen. The demonstration project will be inaugurated in September 2015 at Forsee Power's new Headquarters near Paris (France).
The purpose of the project is to demonstrate efficient and economically feasible energy management practices based on the optimization of electricity storage, charging and generation technology with respect to existing demand.
The System includes the following:
- High voltage (330 volts) Energy Storage System made from Peugeot iOn, Citroen C-Zero and Mitsubishi Motors i-MiEV used automotive battery packs
- Low voltage (48 Volts) Energy Storage System use of new automotive batteries
- Bi-directional battery energy consumption optimization (car to building and building to car)
Especially in Japan and France where the electric-powered vehicles are becoming popular, the utilization of used lithium-ion batteries is an important factor towards the realization of a sustainable society.
The related parties aim to establish a realistic and economically viable business model combining track record in electric-powered vehicle sales (MMC, PSA Peugeot Citroen), technical capability in Energy Storage Systems (Forsee Power) and business know-how in the electric power industry (EDF, MC).
The related companies will consider establishing a new business model with energy storage systems utilizing such used batteries in the European market including France.
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