Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has recently announced its plans to recycle old NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hybrid) batteries from their hybrid cars. The batteries will be recycled into energy management systems.
The venture will start from April and aims for the more effective use of resources used in batteries. The recycled systems will be sold via TMC’s energy business company, Toyota Turbine and Systems Inc.
The Chemical Engineering branch of Toyota will recover the nickel from old batteries and it will be refined by Japanese firm Sumitomo Metal Mining.
The energy management system can store up to 10 kilowatt hours (kWh) of power. This system can be useful for backup power and can control the consumption, storage, and discharge of electricity.
By using this energy management system as a primary energy source, it is also possible to cut down the electricity cost.
These batteries weigh around 2,100 pounds each and about six batteries can fit into a typical parking space.
The whole process, known as battery-to-battery recycling, will surely bring down the expenditure of manufacturing hybrid power systems.
The green car brand is also taking initiatives to move towards solar carports, solar power generation, LED lighting, energy-conserving air-conditioning and other such items.