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Recharge Revolution – Jaguar Land Rover & Wykes Unite for Giant Battery Energy System

Recharge Revolution – Jaguar Land Rover & Wykes Unite for Giant Battery Energy System

23 August 2023

Jaguar Land Rover and Wykes Engineering are teaming up to develop one of the largest energy storage systems made from old electric car batteries.

As part of the collaboration, Jaguar Land Rover is set to supply second-life batteries originally used for its Jaguar I-PACE electric vehicles to renewables technology specialist Wykes Engineering, which then plans to slot these batteries into an energy storage system at a renewable energy park in Northamptonshire.

The battery energy system is planned to be spread across three locations at the Wykes-owned Chelveston renewable energy park, which boasts over 85MW of installed wind and solar generation on-site. The park is capable of producing 175,000MWh of electricity per year, which is enough to power more than 60,000 average homes in the local area, according to Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar Land Rover is hoping to supply enough batteries to store 7.5MWh of energy, enough to power 750 homes for a day by the end of 2023. Once the batteries’ health falls below the required level for these second-life use cases, Jaguar Land Rover said it planned to recycle the batteries to recover raw materials for re-use.

This news follows, Jaguar Land Rover’s parent company, Tata Group’s announcement of plans to build a flagship £4bn gigafactory in the UK – its first battery factory outside of India. These plans all support Jaguar Land Rover’s work towards circular economy efforts as well as its ambition to achieve carbon net zero by 2039.

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