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GridBeyond: Leading the charge Future proofing your fleet


In this paper, written in collaboration with GridBeyond and Lancaster University, we examine the landscape for EV fleets and the opportunities for businesses to not only secure additional revenues but to further boost their green credentials by helping the grid to increase levels of renewables generation in the energy mix.

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Two lives are better than one

The need for battery energy storage systems (BESS) made from second life vehicle batteries is clear. There are an estimated 5.2 million electric vehicles on the road at present, with a predicted 34.7 million by 2030, in less than ten years’ time. At the same time dramatic changes are required to the way we create and store energy to meet carbon reduction targets.


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Second life BESS present an opportunity to solve the two key challenges facing the country:

• The huge demand for energy storage due to de-carbonising the grid and decommissioning traditional
energy producers in the next ten years

• The immense influx in electric vehicle car sales over the next 10 years.

A key driver in meeting these challenges is embedding an understanding between e mobility, the energy sector and sustainability. Only by building strong relationships with the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will vehicle batteries be able to be taken directly from the vehicle and employed in energy storage units.

This will ensure the R&D and millions the OEM has invested in the safety of the battery is maintained.

Carbon Impact Analysis of 2nd-Life Battery Storage

Many organisations need to be able to demonstrate the carbon savings that their investment in new energy systems or approaches will deliver.

An ESRC-funded project between Lancaster University Management School‘s Thomas Jalili Tanha and Connected Energy has developed a carbon impact analysis tool to quantify the benefits and impacts of using battery storage systems.

It is based on calculating the difference in emissions comparing energy storage to major technologies used to provide grid balancing, such a gas peaker plants. Additionally, the tool provides a comparison between first and second life battery energy storage systems.

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