The Second Life project is a joint initiative between Nissan and Enel.

The project will see used Nissan electric vehicle batteries at Enel’s conventional power plant in Melilla, Spain, operated by the Enel Group’s Spanish subsidiary, Endesa. Like many conventional power stations, they are slow to ramp up should the need suddenly increase. As we’ve seen with Australia’s Tesla battery facility in South Australia, it can be called on in a fraction of a second to fill in the unevenness inherent power networks, especially isolated ones.

This pioneering European project is based on circular economy principles, and has been selected as a “member initiative” by the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2020, Second Life project received recognition via the BASF – Sustainability Excellence Club (Club de Excelencia En Sostenibilidad) award in the category of Best Circular Economy Practice among large businesses. This award recognises the best Circular Economy practices in Spain, rewarding projects that address the challenges of limited natural resources through a variety of circular business models.

The collaboration includes Nissan‘s used batteries and Loccioni, a system integrator, needed for the circular process. The simple idea ties these used batteries together in a large stationary storage system. Endesa’s Melilla power station will then use this massive battery to avoid blackouts, and to smooth out grid fluctuations. So far, the back-up system is composed of 48 used Nissan LEAF batteries and 30 new ones.