Batteries, Decentralized Energy, Energy Storage

Cummins working with UC San Diego on repurposing EV batteries

On-site power firm Cummins Inc. is partnering with a California university to study the business and technical approaches to reusing and repurposing electric vehicle batteries.

Under the multi-year agreement, the University of California San Diego and its battery validation lab will work with Cummins. UC San Diego will perform accelerated testing and real-world application testing of Cummins battery modules.

The collaboration will enable Cummins to acquire valuable data on the aging behaviors of its battery modules, test integration solutions for second-life battery systems and validate stationary energy storage system performance under grid energy storage applications.

“Electrification has the potential to play an enormous role as we move toward decarbonization of many industries, but in order to maximize that potential, it’s crucial that we focus on the sustainability of the entire product life cycle,” said Julie Furber, Vice President – Electrified Power, Cummins. “One piece of the puzzle that requires additional research is the second-life of batteries, and Cummins now has a highly-skilled and capable partner in UC San Diego as we move towards the development of re-use solutions.”

The Cummins venture focuses on the fact that batteries retired from electric vehicles still have significant capacity, if not for automotive power. Repurposing those batteries to less demanding applications can deliver a higher value for the life of the battery as well as increasing sustainability by postponing recycling.[Native Advertisement]

“Cummins is the nexus between the transportation and stationary energy storage sectors,” said Mike Ferry, Director of Energy Storage and Systems at the Center for Energy Research, University of California San Diego. “Battery module design is a crucial aspect to making second-life more feasible and their experience will be invaluable as we continue to develop solutions. Given their reputation, global footprint, and all they’ve accomplished in the last century, it’s a real privilege to partner with them on this project.”

Cummins began its electrified power business last year to serve markets which are adopting electric and hybrid power train systems.

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