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aservant

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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:27:16 AM

What do you do with nickel-metal hydride batteries that were previously used in hybrid cars (pictured)? Toyota has the answer.

The Japanese carmaker is to start selling an electricity management system that makes use of the recycled batteries, starting from this April.

Its energy business company, Toyota Turbine and Systems, will sell the 10kWh systems in combination with Building Energy Management systems, solar power generation, LED lighting, energy-conserving air conditioning systems, solar carports and other energy saving items.

The idea is that the system can be used to control consumption, storage and the discharge of electricity. It will also increase efficiency and could be considered a back-up in case of emergency because it can be used by emergency response centres
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remay
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 6:52:16 AM

every little bit helps... I hope.
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 6:49:26 AM

I wouldn't mind having some of that used batteries as backup energy source for my home. Way to recycle, reuse, and re-purpose!

[Edited by: TruthMatters at 1/25/2013 6:50:50 AM EST]
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fuel2use
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:55:00 PM

It all helps.
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peakkeller
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 11:27:52 AM

Recycled batteries for another purpose - great!
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:19:54 AM

On Jan 24, 2013 7:53:39 AM, GingoutMD wrote:

>If the cars cannot use the batteries because they are starting to fail
>or cannot hold a charge, then why would I buy a system that uses
>these "dying" batteries?

That's what I would like to know. Toyota uses extensive state of charge management to get the maximum economical life out of the HV battery.
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bar1035
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 10:14:34 AM

After reading I think they are talking about produced but never used batteries now that they've switched to those hot burning batteries

If not, I agree with GingoutMD
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txequitygas
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:48:36 AM

hope that works?
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 9:43:00 AM

On Jan 24, 2013 7:08:54 AM, Buck_on_Bass wrote:

>The market for used EV and hybrid batteries for recycling is poor.

In your dreams. Used nickel metal hydride batteries are a gold mine of easily recyclable materials.
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GingoutMD
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:53:39 AM

If the cars cannot use the batteries because they are starting to fail or cannot hold a charge, then why would I buy a system that uses these "dying" batteries?
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ClarkSC
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:35:41 AM

Power my flashlight.
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Evilmaddog
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:28:36 AM

good idea
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:24:57 AM

sounds possible
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:17:00 AM

if I can hook one up to my solar Pv.. that would work great for energy storage for night use or days when mr sun is on a break...
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BIGALRPH
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:16:28 AM

Reuse is better than no use at all.
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Buck_on_Bass
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 8:08:54 AM

The market for used EV and hybrid batteries for recycling is poor. This is an effort to address the low value of a used battery that is no longer suitable for use in a vehicle.
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hotwire43
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:57:21 AM

Sounds good, but how much longer will these batteries hold out?
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turboz2012
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:53:33 AM

eventually headed to the land fill
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:52:51 AM

headed for a dump sooner or later
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doeslayersr
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:49:59 AM

Just kicking the can down the road.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:39:10 AM

Way to go green Toyota!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:34:46 AM

yesss
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:18:39 AM

good
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:17:04 AM

Now that's recycling
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:05:30 AM

Good job.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:02:26 AM

Keep looking.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:55:45 AM

Makes sense.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:54:31 AM

good for them
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:54:11 AM

better than ending up in landfill. my friend sold her Prius when her battery died because they wanted $17,500 to replace the battery. Ouch!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:34:16 AM

ok
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leeac
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:30:32 AM

If you love efficiency and Green Energy, you gotta love Toyota.
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daytonabiker
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:21:12 AM

all car batteries can be recycled into lead bullets
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 6:11:18 AM

Keeps them out of landfills anyway.
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Radar1992
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:53:41 AM

A new use for the batteries in the Electric Cars which are not meeting their designed service life.

Do the consumers get a core charge back for their old batteries?
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:50:48 AM

Creating the market...
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:22:59 AM

that's good.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:20:12 AM

I hope they are rebuilding them first.
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SBlouch
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:17:04 AM

Good for Toyota for finding a use for electric car batteries.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:12:37 AM

Good!
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 5:06:52 AM

Whatever
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 4:48:13 AM

Couldn't they just go back into the golf carts, oops I mean real golf carts?
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 4:08:44 AM

Ingenious.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:45:19 AM

seeing is believing
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RNCII
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:45:00 AM

Good for Toyota.
Good for my employment too sense I work for another division of Toyota.
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 3:44:12 AM

we'll see
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