Honda unveils electric car battery recycling planApril 17, 2020
Honda introduced a new initiative to recycle electric vehicles and batteries when they reach the end of their shelf life in cars.
The Japanese company, together with SNAM, introduced a new technology for recycling electric car batteries that allows you to reuse old electric cars and hybrid batteries for the power grid or household energy storage.
Although the term “recycling” refers to the stripping of cells to extract valuable elements such as cobalt, nickel and copper, this process is only used for batteries that have irreparable damage. In most cases, batteries are designed for a “second life,” for example, when they are used in home energy storage facilities to make more efficient use of electricity generated by organizations such as the National Grid.
Honda’s initiative is to partner with SNAM (Société Nouvelle d’Affinage des Métaux). Note that the companies have been cooperating since 2013, exploring the possibilities of using used electric vehicles.
SNAM will collect old lithium-ion and nickel-hydride batteries from Honda dealers in 22 countries and will present them for future use.
“As demand for Honda’s expanding range of hybrid cars and electric cars continues to grow, so does the need for battery management in the most environmentally friendly way. Recent market changes may allow us to use these batteries in the second life of the application for powering enterprises or using the latest advanced processing technologies to extract useful raw materials that can be used as raw materials for the production of new batteries, ”said Honda Senior Vice President Europe Tom Gardner
Used batteries complement renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Although fossil fuel power is generally constant, wind and solar energy are subject to higher peaks (where too much electricity is generated) and lower trays (where there is not enough), depending on weather conditions. On an exceptionally pleasant day, wind power can generate more electricity than the grid requires; Batteries in the “second life” will save this energy and then use it when the weather conditions become calmer and the windmills produce less electricity.
SNAM says batteries can be redistributed for both industrial and domestic use – so homeowners with second-life batteries installed can charge them overnight when electricity is cheaper and use that energy throughout the day.
Honda is not the only automobile brand that sees advantages in creating a “second life” for car batteries. Volkswagen previously proposed measures for a mobile car charging station that uses a 360 kWh old bank of batteries to charge electric cars in car parks without adequate internal power supply.
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