Saturday, 23 July 2011

GM, ABB collaborate on electric car battery research




General Motors and ABB, a power and automation technology group, have signed an agreement to identify joint research and development projects that would reuse Chevrolet Volt battery systems. The company said that the Volt's battery will have up to 70% of significant capacity to store electrical energy, even after their automotive use is exhausted.
The project will examine the potential of reusing battery packs from Volt, as a means of providing cost-effective energy storage capacity, which will improve the efficiency of electrical systems as they evolve into smart grids. ABB head of smart grids initiative Bazmi Husain said future smart grids will incorporate a larger proportion of renewable energy sources and will need to supply a vast e-mobility infrastructure - both of which require a wide range of energy storage solutions.

"We are excited to explore the possibility of employing electric car batteries in a second use that could help build needed storage capacity and provide far-reaching economic and environmental benefits," Husain said.
GM executive director of global electrical systems Micky Bly said the company's relationship with ABB will help develop solutions that optimize the full lifecycle of the Volt battery.

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