Nissan is preparing to recycle used batteries for electric vehicles and use them in urban smart lighting systems. Last week, Nissan introduced the company's new project, called “TheRebornLight”, which aims to give new life to old electric car batteries, put batteries into the lighting system, and supply electricity to residents in the Namie area of Japan.
Nissan said in the statement that the old batteries of the Nissan Leaf electric car will be collected and then equipped with solar panels to power the street lamps. According to reports, Nissan will be affiliated with the subsidiary 4REnergyCorp. Cooperate to implement this project. In 2011, Namie was attacked by the earthquake and tsunami. The disaster was very influential. The infrastructure of many towns in Japan was damaged and they are recovering. Nissan's outdoor lighting system is part of the recovery plan. Nissan also said: "There are more and more electric vehicles used in the world, and there will be more and more old electric vehicle batteries. This project can reuse old batteries."
The new streetlights have a unique design that is quite small and has a height of about 4.2 meters. Nissan installs solar panels on top of streetlights and uses recycled car batteries to collect energy from the sun. This lighting system has the advantage that it can operate independently without relying on the grid, without wires or investment in infrastructure. For those towns that want to recover from natural disasters, it is a good fit. Even if the town is again hit by the earthquake, the street lights will not be affected. Nissan said: "Even if the battery can't continue to serve the car, we can make it reborn and continue to serve humans."
Like Renault, Mercedes-Benz and other automakers, Nissan has also developed a far-reaching plan to reuse old batteries for electric vehicles. For example, some homes or buildings use solar and wind energy, and cars can store electricity during the day, power at night, or power in the event of a power outage. There is also a solution to turn the battery into a "smart charging station" to charge mobile phones and other devices. There is a more magical solution. Nissan wants to build a park. When children play, they can convert kinetic energy into electricity and store it. During the day, children play, equipment collects energy, and at night can illuminate, making the park safer.
On March 26, Nissan will test prototypes at Namie and will install more new street lights in the area this year. Like Renault's "SmartIsland" project, Nissan LightReborn is just a test project with a small scale.