Renault Plans a Battery Farm With the Capacity of a Power Station

By Gary Cutlack on at

Renault has had another idea about what to do with electric car batteries that are slightly past their prime -- bank them all up in one place and make something with the same peak energy output capability as a coal or gas power station. Better make sure there's a good sprinkler system installed.

This massive storage plant is currently on the drawing board for appearance in 2018, according to company bosses, who will soon be buried under EV batteries that can't quite hold enough charge to keep a car's range up but still have some useful storage capacity to offer.

The aim is to hit the headline 100 megawatt capacity for the battery powered station, which would absorb renewables generated when it's windy at night or sunny at 5:45am to feed back in at peak time when everyone's home and fast-charging their devices.

The sums suggest that a 100 megawatt station could provide enough energy to power 120,000 homes at peak, with a Renault spokesperson saying: "We're working with The Mobility House on several programs including a major energy storage project that is currently still in the study phase." [Reuters]

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