Without Cheap Batteries A Full Transition To Clean Energy Will Be Tough

Nissan Leaf Battery

When you think about cheaper batteries and where our modern day Energy Storage Solutions will come from, most might think of a PhD student with his graduate students inventing a new material that enables high energy density battery cells at record low prices.

Instead we are turning to car manufacturers to unlock the – as of today – cheapest way to get large volumes of energy storage into the grid.

We already knew with the rise of EVs – thank you to Tesla for developing the early market – there were opportunities that would arise in recycling the “dead” cells.

However, little did people know that when an EV battery cell is qualified as “unusable” it still maintains 80% of its total capacity. This is a drawback for EVs as it can kill range, but, at a grid scale level – where space isn’t usually an issue – those cells can be used.

With all the major manufacturers joining the party on providing utilities their used cells – including GM and BMW – the space continues to heat up.

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