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Powering up in the town of Namie, Japan. Joint venture – plant set up to recycle EV batteries

A company has developed a system that measures the overall performance of used EV batteries, and it plans to apply this innovative technology to batteries collected from all over Japan at the Namie plant. Japan’s first plant specialising in the reuse and recycling of lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles is set to open amid growing demand for electric cars.

The new factory, in the town of Namie in eastern Japan, will be operated by 4R Energy Corporation, a joint venture between Nissan and Sumitomo Corporation.

The number of electric cars on the road is rising rapidly as environmental issues, including climate change, weigh on the minds of motorists around the world.

The plant will serve as the global centre for 4R’s development and manufacturing. The recycling and refabrication of such batteries is expected to have a considerable impact on the battery market, affecting demand for new battery materials, and on the environment and society as a whole. The availability of used lithium-ion batteries is expected to increase significantly in the near future as purchasers of the first generation of electric cars look to replace their vehicles. The plant is the first factory in Namie since the town was devastated by Japan’s March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and is definitely expected to help revitalise the local economy.

Established in 2010 by Nissan and Sumitomo Corporation to focus on the effective reuse of electric-car batteries, 4R has gained valuable experience. The batteries recycled and refabricated at the factory will be used to offer the world’s first exchangeable refabricated battery for electric vehicles, and will also be used in large-scale storage systems and electric forklifts.

Other news from Nissan also in Namie, is how they and their affiliate 4R Energy Corporation have installed new street lights which will be powered by a combination of solar panels and used Nissan LEAF electric car batteries.

Nissan and 4R have created a new type of outdoor light that operates completely off the main power grid, requiring zero electric powered cables or outlets. A prototype was already tested at the 4R electric battery reclamation factory in Namie, with full-scale installation later on in 2018. The project, titled “The Reborn Light, ” aims to supply public light for Namie’s residents within the town’s recovery efforts following an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. The task utilises the growing quantity of used electric-car electric batteries that may become available as electric vehicles boost in popularity around the world.

But the project does not end there. Apart from outdoor lighting, it seems that this form of light will eventually extend to homes and buildings and mobile smartphone power providers (booth to charge devices such as phones). To find out more about this project visit:

Perhaps the UK is bound for something similar in the future. If you have any thoughts or comments relating to this topic, it would be great to have your feedback here


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