Mercedes-Benz Energy announces second life project in Canada
Mercedes-Benz Energy has signed a supply agreement with Canadian startup Moment Energy to give batteries from e-cars a second life in stationary applications. It is Mercedes-Benz Energy’s first agreement with a North American supplier of second-life energy storage systems.
Moment Energy is integrating retired Mercedes-Benz batteries into its new 60 kWh energy storage solution and plans to deploy two of these systems later this year. These are to be deployed at God’s Pocket Resort, a Canadian off-grid dive resort. Since the resort has no grid connection, it currently depends mainly on diesel generators.
Moment Energy is still very cautious about the technical specifications of its storage unit. The scalable 60-kWh modules operate at either 480 or 208 volts and are said to offer a rated output of 40 to 320 kVA.
Where the battery cells come from that Mercedes-Benz Energy will deliver to Moment Energy this year is not clear from the Canadian announcement. However, they are likely to be primarily batteries from retired development vehicles, as the Stuttgart-based company’s e-cars, which have only been delivered on a larger scale since 2019 with the EQC, are not yet likely to have reached the limit of 80 per cent of their initial energy content.
“Together with Moment Energy we will enable sustainable ESS-solutions for North America based on second-life batteries,” said Gordon Gassmann, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy. “We are to combine Mercedes-Benz Energy’s experience with Moment Energy’s pioneering spirit in these exciting times.”
“With this agreement, we are another step closer to closing a circular economy for EV batteries,” adds Sumreen Rattan, co-founder and COO of Moment Energy.