Enabling EV Battery Circular Economy
Advancing second-life EV batteries and pairing with solar PV to enable energy resiliency.
ReJoule held its Kickoff Meeting for the project on August 12, 2020, and the research team procured the retired EV batteries and began the initial accelerated aging tests in November 2020.
ReJoule, Inc. is developing a battery-grading tool for assessing the health of repurposed batteries and validating its battery management system's ability to extend the life and performance of second-life batteries. The research team is also piloting its operational strategy for optimizing the performance of second-life batteries to integrate solar and provide resiliency at two commercial sites, one of which is located in a low-income, disadvantaged community.
This research project aims to reduce the cost of a second-life battery and solar PV installation by 30% compared to an equivalent installation that incorporates a brand-new battery.
The project employs GRID Alternatives as a subcontractor, which performs workforce development activities for the local community.
The pilot study under this research agreement aims to validate the ability of second-life batteries to integrate solar PV and provide energy resilience to the commercial buildings of each pilot site.