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Media Advisory: Nissan statement on government's £246m energy storage investment

  • Nissan welcomes the Business minister Greg Clark’s announcement on the first phase of its energy storage investment
  • Francisco Carranza, Director of Energy Services at Nissan Europe; “Renewable energy storage will have a fundamental impact on the shift from fossil fuels to renewables.”
  • Nissan currently offers a range of xStorage Home units which provide a sustainable second-life for electric vehicle batteries as renewable energy storage
  • Nissan is investing in Vehicle-to-Grid technology so that electric vehicles can be fully integrated into the electricity grid and improve the handling of renewable power

 

London, UK (July 24, 2017) – Nissan welcomes the Business minister Greg Clark’s announcement today on the first phase of the government’s £246million investment into battery technology and energy storage in the UK.

 

Under Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility platform, Nissan is aiming to be at the forefront of the electric vehicle market, the roll out of Vehicle-to-Grid technology and the widespread installation of energy storage systems into residential and commercial premises to provide a sustainable second life for its EV batteries.

 

Francisco Carranza, Director of Energy Services, Nissan Europe said: “Nissan has been saying for a long time that the future is electric. That forward-thinking led us to produce the world’s most successful mass market EV – the Nissan LEAF.

 

“But electric vehicles are not just changing the way we drive, but also the way we live. To ensure Nissan plays a wider role in the advancement, and protection, of our cities and towns, our electric vehicles will be used as clean mobile energy units. This is an area of extraordinary potential both in terms of the environment and the affordability of energy in the future.

 

“We now look at our cars as so much more than products which simply move people from A to B – they are an intrinsic part of the way we consume, share, and generate energy. This will have a fundamental impact on the shift from fossil fuels to renewables.

 

“Our vehicles can be plugged into the grid and support the transmission and distribution companies in making the UK grid more sustainable and more stable. The increase of electric vehicles penetration, the introduction of more and more distributed generation and storage and the overall increase in renewable energy penetration should be done smartly. In addition to Nissan electric vehicles and the vehicle to grid services, we also have plans for our batteries once they have been used in cars – as stationary energy storage units which can be filled by renewable sources.”

 

Nissan and xStorage – Home Energy Storage using EV batteries

Nissan and power management leader Eaton currently offer a range of xStorage Home residential energy storage solutions with six product configurations, giving consumers greater choice to meet their energy needs. The system is currently available for pre-orders in the UK.

 

xStorage Home units provide a sustainable second life for Nissan’s electric vehicle (EV) batteries after their first life in cars is over.

 

The xStorage Home system comes with solar panel inverters already integrated, allowing consumers with installed solar panels to store and then power their homes using clean, renewable energy. The cutting-edge technology in the xStorage Home system is also fit for the future, and can enable customers to sell energy back to the grid.

 

Nissan and V2G

Nissan is also at the forefront of Vehicle-to-Grid technology or V2G. The integration of V2G technology brings to life Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision, demonstrating how zero-emission vehicles such as the 100 percent electric Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 and energy management technologies can work in tandem to create a cleaner, more efficient energy network.

 

V2G technology allows electric vehicles to be fully integrated into the electricity grid and will help improve grid capability to handle renewable power, making renewable sources even more widely integrated and affordable.

 

Private EV owners and businesses with large EV fleets will have the opportunity to create mobile energy hubs by integrating their vehicles into the grid. Nissan EV owners can connect to the grid to charge at low-demand, cheap tariff periods, with an option to then use the electricity stored in the vehicle’s battery at home and at work when costs are higher, or even feed back to the grid which could generate additional revenue for the EV owner.

 

Francisco Carranza, Director of Energy Services, Nissan Europe, said: “Nissan has always been at the forefront of EV technology development and we’re excited to be using our expertise to help change the way people consume energy. Through the integration of Nissan EVs we can help shape a society whose energy use is sustainable, efficient and affordable. It could change the rules of the game and make energy cheaper for everyone.”

 

Nissan’s UK-based European R&D facility, Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in Cranfield, UK was the first Nissan entity in the company’s network of European facilities to install vehicle-to-grid technology in November 2016.

 

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About Nissan in the UK

 

  • Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Juke, Infiniti Q30 and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF
  • Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012
  • Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than 9 million units with 80 per cent of production exported to over 100 markets worldwide
  • Total investment made and announced since then is over £4.0 billion
  • 507,436 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2016
  • Employment in Nissan’s UK design studio (Paddington, London), technical centre (Cranfield Bedfordshire), manufacturing plant (Sunderland, Tyne and Wear) and sales and marketing operations (Maple Cross, Hertfordshire) now totals more than 8,000. 
  • A further 28,000 jobs in Nissan’s UK supply chain and 4,000 in its UK dealer network takes the total British jobs supported by Nissan to more than 40,000

 

About Nissan in Europe

Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,000 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 660,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle. Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility vision is designed to guide Nissan’s product and technology pipeline and this 360 degree approach to the future of mobility will anchor critical company decisions around how cars are powered, how cars are driven, and how cars integrate into society. Nissan is positioned to become the most desirable Asian brand in Europe. 

 

http://www.newsroom.nissan-europe.com

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