Japan-based automobile manufacturer Nissan will be launching a new recycled home battery manufactured in its Sunderland plant to provide energy to UK households.
The batteries have been used in Nissan’s lead electric cars and will be sold in partnership with US power management company Eaton, reported The Guardian.
Known as xStorage Home systems, these batteries can stock both grid and renewable energy during the day, allowing the household to use it as needed. The batteries will also give solar panel owners opportunities to store energy for future use rather than export it to the grid.
Home storage batteries have gradually become increasingly popular in the UK, which has encouraged many companies to invest in this sector.
Along with its partner Eaton, Nissan estimates that xStorage batteries can help households to save around £43 every month.
Eaton's Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) vice-president Cyrille Brisson was quoted by The Guardian as saying: “We’re clearly going into this market with a view to becoming the leader of the market, with the weight of Nissan and its factory in Sunderland, and with Eaton’s very strong base of installers.
“We believe we have the knowledge and capacity.”
With installations to begin from July this year, the recycled batteries will have a five year warranty, which will be assembled in Morocco.
xStorage is likely to face stiff competition from Tesla’s Powerwall system, which has already been launched in the UK.