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Cummins Inc. on Aug. 27 announced a multiyear partnership with the University of California-San Diego and its battery validation lab.
The purpose is to analyze viable business and technical approaches to reuse and repurpose electric vehicle batteries that have outlived their usefulness in vehicles but still maintain significant battery capacity.
The collaboration will enable Cummins to acquire data on the aging behaviors of its battery modules, test integration solutions for second-life battery systems and validate stationary energy-storage system performance under grid energy storage applications, according to the Columbus, Ind.-based company.
“Electrification has the potential to play an enormous role as we move toward decarbonization of many industries, but in order to maximize that potential, it’s crucial that we focus on the sustainability of the entire product life cycle,” Julie Furber, Cummins vice president of electrified power, said in a company release.
“One piece of the puzzle that requires additional research is the second life of batteries, and Cummins now has a highly skilled and capable partner in UC San Diego as we move toward the development of reuse solutions.” — Transport Topics