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Nissan reveals its answer to Tesla's Powerwall battery system for the home

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This movie shows auto brand Nissan's design for an energy storage system for the home using a recycled car battery.

They have also announced plans for a trial in the UK that will allow electric vehicle owners to sell power back to the grid.

Nissan announced its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial – the first of its kind in the UK – at an event in London yesterday before revealing a slim wall-mounted battery pack for the home called xStorage.

One hundred V2G units will be installed across the country for the trial, where owners of the Nissan LEAF car and e-NV200 electric van will be able to plug their vehicles in and sell stored energy back to the National Grid.

This model could, if scaled up, provide a stable energy infrastructure in the future, according to Nissan and power company Enel.

"Smart energy management is one of the biggest challenges any nation faces for the future, which is why this trial is so critical in assessing the feasibility of using variable, more flexible energy sources," said Nissan chief Paul Willcox. "We currently have 18,000 Nissan electric vehicles running on the roads in the UK and if all of those were connected to the energy network, they would generate the equivalent to two power plants."

"If that was scaled up where all the vehicles on UK roads are electric, vehicle-to-grid technology could generate a virtual power plant of up to 370 GW. That's enough to power the UK, Germany and France."

The xStorage battery device for the home, unveiled yesterday for the first time, is formed from a recycled battery used in the company's fully electric vehicles. It can be connected to the residential energy supply or renewable sources such as solar panels.

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