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Using Nissan Leaf To Power Your Homes

August 25th, 2011 · No Comments

In Japan, Nissan unveiled a system to power an entire house during a power interruption or outage, using the LEAF electric vehicle.

Nissan Leaf electric vehicle being charged

Here’s something that might prove useful to people who have lost power during a natural disaster like an earthquake or a hurricane. In Japan, a few weeks ago, Nissan unveiled a system to power an entire house during a power interruption or outage, using the LEAF electric vehicle.

The two-way charging device is an innovative concept that might just be instrumental in saving lives and property during a calamity. The idea isn’t exactly new as every EV battery, in theory, can be used as a storage as well as source for energy. Few companies have come up with the technology to make this possible, however, until Nissan came forward with their LEAF EV system.

Other countries like Denmark are also starting to discover the use of EVs as source for extra power during emergencies. EV owners are actually paid there for the stored electricity they contribute back to the grid.

It’s actually beneficial to all concerned. Electricity feeds from EVs can greatly ease the burden on power grids during peak demand hours, while EV owners can purchase electricity from the grid at a cheaper rate when they plug in the their vehicles at night time when the demand subsides.

The Nissan Leaf’s lithium Ion batteries can store up to 24kWh of electricity and if used sparingly for home power during a prolonged power outage can last for several days with enough power left to drive to emergency centers or hospitals.

In Japan, this kind of conveniently available power source is in high demand as the islands are face a slew of natural calamities like typhoons, earthquakes, and the occasional tsunami, every year. In the U.S. too where storms like the approaching Hurricane Irene are increasingly growing in span and devastation, this the Nissan Leaf with the two-way charging device might just be heaven-sent to some EV owners.

Via: IT World
Photo: Nissan Leaf

Tags: Clean Technology