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Toyota Turns Prius Batteries Into An Energy Storage Solution

When a hybrid’s old nickel-metal hydride batteries, such as those used in the Toyota Prius, reach the end of their usefulness in the car there’s a question of what to do with them. You certainly just can’t toss them in the trash given the environmental impacts they might have, and recycling them, while green, has financial issues. One possible solution? Reuse them to store energy for building related needs.

Toyota late last month said starting this April it plans to sell to its vehicle dealers in Japan an electricity management system that uses recycled nickel-metal hydride batteries from hybrid vehicles. This system will be usable in conjunction with operations such as Building Energy Management Systems, solar carports, solar power generation, LED lighting and energy-conserving air conditioning to more “comprehensively control the consumption, storage, and discharge of electricity, as well as increase usage efficiency.”


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