We are now all aware of hybrid and electric cars (over 15 million units sold worldwide so I was told yesterday by a certain car manufacturer) and the transport industry continues to embrace green technology - solar impulse (plane - singular currently!) and Eco Train ( a hybrid train). BMW are now marketing their stationary energy storage product.
At the centre of the revolution the humble battery - however we must not forget its other applications as a storage facility both when in the car (demand side response) and just placed as a standalone technology.
Storage and its flexibility is proving to be (and will be) a key driver in alternatives becoming the mainstream option - so here's to the simple battery!
BMW has announced plans to launch a stationary energy storage product suitable for small commercial applications utilising the same high-voltage batteries used in i3 electric vehicles, including those repurposed from existing EVs. The German company made the announcement at the Electric Vehicle Symposium & Exhibition 29 in Montreal, Canada, claiming it will be the first automotive manufacturer to utilise a complete automotive high-voltage battery for energy storage. BMW did not however divulge any release details at the event, and BMW Group UK could not be reached for comment on when the system would be launched in the UK.