With this project, we aim to make electric mobility doubly sustainable: in their first-life use, electric car batteries reduce the environmental impact of transportation and eliminate pollution in our cities. The winning consortium also includes Enel X and Aeroporti di Roma (AdR), Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems, which carries out research and development for the energy transition. Pioneer is one of 32 projects selected by the EU to bring innovative low carbon technologies to the market.
The case for second life batteries
When batteries reach the end of their ‘automotive’ life cycle, they still have a residual capacity of about 70-80% and can be applied for different usage after their initial lifecycle has come to an end. As part of the solutions for the energy transition, storage and batteries are tools to enable sustainability and, at the same time, they themselves must be fully sustainable. Extending the life of batteries means reducing their carbon footprint and increasing the amount of renewable energy on the grid. Enel X’s efforts are particularly focused on developing new technologies for li-ion solutions batteries and for their application.
Electricity storage systems and batteries play a strategic role in the energy transition value chain, they are essential to realize more effective, efficient, and competitive electrification solutions in several areas. From renewables and smart grids, storage systems and batteries make consumption more efficient for factories and buildings.
Developing viable second life batteries reducing the amount of waste.
Recycling materials batteries contain at the end of their life are an effective application of the Circular Economy.
Extending the life of batteries reduces the carbon footprint and increases the amount of renewable energy on the grid.
Innovative applications for reuse of electric vehicles (EV) batteries for when an EV battery reaches the end of its “first life”.
The European Union’s IPCEI Projects
Enel X is developing three projects in the second round of the European Union’s “Important Project of Common European Interest” or IPCEI. These projects concern applications for charging electric vehicles; large stationary systems for energy storage; and for a sustainable management of the end-of-life of lithium batteries. The implementation of these projects is aimed at increasing the efficiency and sustainability of storage systems. This includes their integration in the power grid thereby promoting a circular economy model.
Enel X’s Commitment
Our commitment to the research and development of storage systems and batteries was realized to have applicability to our clients’ needs in different business areas. applicable to its main business areas.