Kia Europe has announced a tie-up with German start-up Encore to reuse electric car batteries for energy storage.
The two firms’ first energy storage facility at the Euref campus in Berlin uses 24 former-Kia Soul EV battery modules to provide a total 72kWh of capacity.
This allows Euref to store surplus solar energy generated on site for deployment at a later time (known as time-shifting), which could reduce reliance on less sustainably sourced electricity.
This also provides security against power shortages or blackouts. According