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Nissan, Brazilian university to study power storage solutions with EV batteries

The Brazilian arm of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and the Federal University of Santa Catarina, or UFSC, have signed a memorandum of intent to conduct studies on applications of used electric vehicle batteries.

According to an Aug. 8 announcement, one area that the partnership plans to focus on is the possibility of using electric vehicle batteries in energy storage systems to generate and collect power independently from the conventional grid. Stored energy in one battery could power an average household in Brazil for three days, according to the release.

The parties also intend to conduct tests on solar energy storage, Nissan said.

As part of the agreement, Nissan will initially supply the UFSC six of its LEAF batteries, which were used by taxis in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, to test second-life applications for batteries from electric vehicles.