Mobilize Power Solutions, electric vehicle charging specialist and part of Renault Group, has partnered with Connected Energy to offer customers a solution to locate battery energy storage units at EV charging sites.
Connected Energy is one of the world’s leading suppliers of second life battery energy storage systems (BESS) and all its systems in operation across the UK and Europe are currently made from second life Renault vehicle batteries. The partnership builds on this existing relationship with Renault and opens up new markets for the company’s used vehicle batteries.
The partnership will support locations for EV charging which otherwise lack an appropriate energy supply. There are around 30,000 public EV charging stations across the UK but as the demand for electric vehicles grows, many more will be required to meet the UK’s charging needs – especially at workplaces and within fleet depots. However, an increasing problem is a lack of adequate power supply at sites and depots.
EV charging requires an electricity supply which is able to flex up and down by some 15kW to 350kW depending on the speed of the charge. It is common for sites to have less than 50 W flexibility, the gap between energy supply and maximum consumption, meaning they are defined as ‘grid constrained’.