September 6, 2019: Cummins, the power and energy provider, announced on August 27 in a multi-year partnership with the University of California San Diego and its battery validation lab to analyze viable business and technical approaches to effectively reuse and repurpose electric vehicle batteries.
UC San Diego will perform accelerated testing and real-world application testing, and will develop an outdoor second-life demonstration system using Cummins battery modules. The collaboration will enable Cummins to acquire data on the aging behaviours of its battery modules, test integration solutions for second-life battery systems, and validate stationary energy storage system performance under grid energy storage applications.
“It’s crucial that we focus on the sustainability of the entire product life cycle,” said Julie Furber, vice president for electrified power at Cummins. “One piece of the puzzle that requires additional research is the second-life of batteries.”