French battery manufacturer Forsee Power is cooperating with EDF Store & Forecast, a subsidiary of French energy group Électricité de France (EDF), to give a “second life” to batteries in electric vehicles.
Forsee Power will supply battery packs for heavy vehicles such as electric buses, and EDF Store & Forecast will integrate them into its storage solutions. Second-life batteries will be used, among other things, to power micro-grids or charging stations.
Forsee Power also wants to use stationary battery storage at its own sites. This allows the company to avoid overloading the grid and/or to be able to temporarily store PV electricity. A mobile battery storage application is planned this year for a grid operator wishing to replace diesel generators with such a solution.
“This partnership with EDF Store & Forecast is an important step for the commercialization of our second life battery systems. Designed for use in stationary applications, our high energy density battery packs dedicated to heavy transport will support the growth of the market for stationary mobile storage solutions necessary for the decarbonization of maintenance operations and the adoption of renewable energies that can be used at all times”, declares Vincent Gauthier, director of the Forsee Power Services activity.
This is not the first cooperation in this field for Forsee Power since the French company is also collaborating with the British company Connected Energy, which also builds stationary energy storage systems based on disused electric vehicle batteries (second life ). A first joint project with a volume of approximately 3.5 MWh is planned for the second half of 2023. A second much larger energy storage system of approximately 40 MWh is also expected to come into service in the United Kingdom from of the third quarter of 2024.
Forsee Power has an extraordinary diversity of businesses in the sustainable transportation sector, ranging from batteries for micromobility electric vehicles, to electric off-road vehicles, large public transport and utility vehicles, and batteries for the marine sector. The company claims to be the leading supplier of electric bus battery systems in Europe. Forsee not only provides batteries for pure electric vehicles, but also for hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles for public transport, marine and commercial vehicles with fuel cell technology in partnership with Ballard.
Forsee Power already supplies a wide range of vehicles that require batteries (fuel cell vehicles also require batteries, just smaller ones). These vehicle sectors covered by Forsee are mainly focused on applications where operators manage fleets, i.e. more easily recoverable batteries for second life applications – this is optimal for the battery manufacturer enters the dynamic second-life battery market. This market is set to explode in the next few years as the batteries currently used in the growing electric vehicle market will all get a lucrative second life in other applications before being recycled.