Used Chevrolet Volt Batteries Help Power New IT Building

Posted on 17. Jun, 2015 by in GM Canada


Used Chevrolet Volt Batteries Help Power New IT Building

Secondary use focus grown during GM Canada’s Engineering Centre; Combined with solar and breeze power, information core bureau achieves net 0 energy

2015-06-16

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OSHAWA, ON – What happens to a batteries that appetite Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric cars when their useful life is done? Five of them are assisting keep a lights on during a new General Motors Enterprise Data Center during a Milford Proving Ground.

Repurposed throw Volt battery covers already star in a accumulation of applications, from bat houses to nesting boxes for involved steep species. Now, as Chevrolet closes on a second-generation Volt for 2016, it’s time to start drumming a appetite left in batteries from first-generation models.

Because a Volt typically draws a appetite from a rope of appetite in a battery pack, there is a lot of leftover extract for still use. A new solar array and dual breeze turbines feed a administration building’s circuit breaker panel, where a 5 Volt batteries work in together to supply appetite to a building, delivering net-zero appetite use on an annual basis. 

“Even after a battery has reached a finish of a useful life in a Chevrolet Volt, adult to 80 percent of a storage ability remains,” pronounced Pablo Valencia, comparison manager, Battery Life Cycle Management. “This delegate use focus extends a life, while delivering rubbish rebate and mercantile advantages on an industrial scale.”

The batteries also can yield fill-in appetite to a building for 4 hours in a eventuality of an outage and stores it when it’s unneeded. Excess appetite is sent behind to a grid that reserve a Milford campus.

The 74-kilowatt ground-mount solar array joined with a dual 2kW breeze turbines beget adequate appetite to yield all of a appetite needs for a bureau building and lighting for a adjacent parking lot. Together, these renewable sources beget approximately 100 Mwh of appetite annually, roughly homogeneous to a appetite used by 12 normal households.

The delegate application, grown in Canada during GM’s Canadian Engineering Centre, is being used as a vital lab to know how a battery redistributes appetite during this scale. And a association is operative with partners, in both a US and Canada, to countenance and exam systems for other blurb and non-commercial uses. 

“This complement is ideal for blurb use since a business can get full functionality from an existent battery while shortening upfront costs by this reuse,” Valencia said.

The reuse of Volt batteries also helped a information core administration building   achieve LEED Gold acceptance from a U.S. Green Building Council.

About Chevrolet in Canada

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