Nissan uses old Leaf battery packs and solar modules to design standalone streetlight
Japanese automaker Nissan has recently released the first photos of a dazzling new standalone streetlight which will be powered by old Leaf battery packs and solar modules. The new standalone streetlight has been developed by Nissan and its affiliate 4R Energy Corporation as part of a project titled ‘The Reborn Light.’ The project marks an evident effort by Nissan to re-use the old battery packs of its Leaf electric vehicles.
The stunning streetlights unveiled by Nissan will be installed in the Japanese town of Namie --- the town which had plunged into darkness on March 11, 2011, after a devastating earthquake and tsunami. A prototype of the streetlight is scheduled for testing at the 4R battery reclamation factory in Namie on March 26, 2018.
The streetlights unveiled by Nissan will not be dependent on the main grid. They have been designed from ground up in such a way that used Leaf battery cells will be fitted in the base of the streetlight, and solar modules will be added on the top so that the batteries can get charged during the day.
Nissan has announced that the streetlights are not merely a design project; the company will actually be deploying them in Namie town. According to the details shared by Nissan, the company will commence “a full-scale installation” of the new streetlights in Namie sometime this year.
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