Troy, Michigan – General Motors will partner with power technology company ABB Group to develop pilot projects for reusing the batteries from the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle. The batteries may be a source for renewable energy that could improve the effectiveness of wind and solar power generation.
The companies are collaborating to determine how the Volt’s lithium-ion batteries can be used to provide stationary electric grid storage systems once the batteries have fulfilled their usefulness in vehicles. The ultimate goal is to provide innovative, cost-effective solutions that will improve the efficiency of the electrical grid.
“The Volt’s battery will have significant capacity to store electrical energy, even after its automotive life,” said Micky Bly, GM executive director of electrical systems, hybrids, electric vehicles and batteries. “That’s why we’re joining forces with ABB to find ways to enable the Volt batteries to provide environmental benefits that stretch far beyond the highway.”
Engineers and researchers from both companies are working together to study renewable energy storage, grid load management, backup power supplies for communities, and time-of-use management for storing off-peak, lower-priced electrical power in Volt batteries for use during peak demand.