About Nissan International SA

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.9 million vehicles in 2012, generating revenue of €90.2 billion. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan has been making history since 2010 with the introduction of the LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle.

Electric vehicle batteries could be reused after its automotive life as the remaining storage capacity could still exceed 70% of the original value. Use Nissan LEAF batteries to supply data centers' UPS with extend the useful life of the product and therefore maximize the value created before full recycling.

GreenDataNet activities

Nissan will provide EV Lithium-ion batteries to be integrated as storage solution in the Green Data Net project and it will take part in the development, management and demonstration of the storage part of the data center.

Expected benefits

Understand and assess the technical, physical and economic aspects of reusing Nissan EV Lithium-ion batteries for UPS applications, and demonstrate a pilot prototype in a real operating data center.

Previous experience

Collaborative development of EV technologies is a well explored subject at Nissan Europe. The latter is currently participating in a number of national and European level collaboration projects, for example:

  • UK Incentives with TSB funded projects: EVADINE (Electric Vehicle Accelerated Development in the North East), Electric Motor, with Sheffield University, Brain Machine Interface with Reading University and Infinity Range Extender with Lotus and Jaguar.
  • At European level (FP7): Green eMotion, jointly with Renault, Daimler and BMW, aimed at accelerating the development and deployment of compatible charging infrastructure, eVADER (EV pedestrian protection warning device), FR-EVUE (preparing the market entry of electric light commercial vehicles).