Recycling Li-On batteries-Lithium-Ion- electric car batteries- to provide power to homes.

Recycling Li-On batteries

Lithium-Ion batteries may be used to store solar energy in the future as a form of Recycling Li-On batteries

Post updated  18/3/2014

Motor-Trades Insight Recycling Li-On batteries

Recycling electric car batteries to provide power to homes could mean ‘an end …

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

We are already talking about a second use for the old electric car batteries ?

Four partner companies in the North East of England, they are Opus Green, SR Technologies, together with Tadea and Gateshead College. They are looking at the possibility of using Recycling Li-On batteries that will be changed at the end of life period after say ten years, on such cars as the Nissan Leaf.

The companies are trying to come with ideas about the use of Recycling Li-On batteries in conjunction  with solar panels and wind turbines, to store energy for use at night time, rather than just put the electricity used into the National Grid. We have such solar panels on our roof and the electricity generated is transmitted via inverter and an electric meter into the grid here in the UK.

All this working project will be carried out at Gateshead College research and development department at Barmston Road in Sunderland, in the North East of England. The EV batteries will be tested on sight at the college and will be used to power equipment that will be used on demonstration. In my opinion I cannot see why it should fail, once they found a way for the solar panels to charge up Lithium-Ion batteries. I know that there have been many other types of experiments in this field even using large banks of Trojan  batteries can be made to work-.

See more at…http://www.tadea-uk.com/News/A-second-chance-for-EV-batteries-


“Malcolm Potter, Project Manager at Tadea said “This is a very exciting project for tadea to be involved in and as it’s the first of its kind within in UK to focus on how to extend the life of these batteries it’s hoped that the results will lead to further developmental work in this field.”

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

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Big Five Tyre Makers+Back in Front where they belong+Big tyremakers are regaining their grip

Big Five Tyre Makers

Big Five Tyre Makers

Big Five Tyre Makers

There is no doubt that in my long presence in the tyre industry. Then the top five tyre companies have always been in contention. Hence, for the top spot.

Whether it be on numbers sold or quality then the top five manufacturers have kept in front. Therefore the likes of Michelin, Goodyear, Continental, Bridgestone and Pirelli.

One of the main reasons is because premium car manufacturers tend to stick to premium car tyres. Hence, for the original equipment tyres they choose.

Consequently,there has begun to be a wider variety of OE tyres chosen in the mass market car sector. Previously, most car manufacturers have stuck to the top five tyre manufacturers.

Big Five Tyre Makers could it change

As this has already started to change. manufacturers that were previously labelled as “mid range” tyres are now appearing on new car models. Especially,if the country of origin is the same. Indeed this is how the big five started out. With Michelin supplying the mass car markets in France. Including Citroen and Renault. Pirelli had a good foothold with supplying Fiat and Alfa Romeo cars.

Of course in Germany then the huge car makes of Mercedes and  BMW, not forgetting VW were supplied by the giant Continental conglomerate. Goodyear had a firm hold of the North American market, before going global. Japan cars were coming out as original equipment on famous car brands such as Toyota and Nissan.

In recent years the mid-range and budget tyre market has increased with world demand as the car industry has flourished. Including, the introduction of the new tyre labeling laws. This manifested itself with the shock that some of the budget brands had just as good a rating as the big 5. Causing some embarrassment to say the least. Going forward this could very well encourage mass market car manufacturers to look closer at the budget brand tyres. Especially, if they have similar good looking results on the new labels.

We at Pellon Tyres have noticed that consumers will take these labels into consideration when choosing tyres. In my opinion this could lead to the likelihood to see a change in the original equipment tyres. of course, that mass market car manufacturers may choose?

Car makers under pressure to bring down costs

Under constant pressure to bring costs down, car manufacturers may feel able to justify to consumers.That the economy brands will deliver the same performance as the more expensive mid-range. Not forgetting the premium brands. In my opinion though the top five companies also lead the way in tyre technology. As a result, they are always looking at innovative ways of improving their tyre products,

A great example of this is the tremendous effort that Pirelli have put in to the F1 racing scene. This involvement has given great confidence to the general public  when buying Pirelli tyres.

Consequently, there is actually much more to a tyre’s performance than just wet braking. Including rolling resistance and external noise, but it is often first impressions that count. Especially when people are trying to save money. Of course, the fact that surveys have so far shown that many drivers don’t even know about the tyre label. Although this is improving in recent times.

To summarize, I think that the tyre buying public will support the better products that the big five can offer. Including the growing mass SUV market. Some of the tyre sizes are over 20 inch and require great skills to manufacture tyres that are quite whilst giving great performances on faster models such as the BMW’s and Jaguars.

Big tyremakers are regaining their grip

Spanish Car-turns up for a UK MOT TEST and fails miserably?

Occasionally we have had car drivers that live in France and Spain calling in with their French and Spanish Car, and now we are getting Polish and Bulgarian cars calling in for tyres and punctures


Bringing in their cars for their annual,  VOSA,  MOT test. We test most type of cars from nearly new to Our MOT test her in Halifax UK are usually pretty straight forward ? .We test from normal type cars to vintage Rolls-Royces.

Spanish Car,mot test

Ryan testing the Spanish car

We are situated here in the foothills of the Pennine hills, a sort of old market town that was influenced in the early years by textile and carpet manufacturers. The town has not many claims to fame, but has a fabulous historic building known as Piece Hall, where all the wool and textile traders used to meet and sell and buy wool and other textile materials.

The town is also well known for the early gallows situated in Gibbet Street, where criminals were hanged for such things as sheep steeling . We do have a few tourist visit us, usually as an add  to the more attractive near by Howarth, the home of the Bronte Sisters.

This is where we are likely to see foreign visitors driving about in the beautiful hilly landscape of the Yorkshire Pennines. This is a very popular area for visitors from Holland, Italy  and Germany, who usually travel from the near continent by car. We also have many visitors from the Far-East and the USA, but they fly here and tour by coach.

mot test

Spanish car calls in to Pellon tyres for an MOT test

Occasionally we have had car drivers that live in France and Spain calling in with their French and Spanish Car, and now we are getting Polish and Bulgarian cars calling in for tyres and punctures, but we have never carried out an MOT test.

That was until today. A young lady called into the garage with her Spanish registered Nissan Micra. We later found out that she was on some sort of a teacher exchange scheme and was teaching in a local school.  The Spanish Car was in England when the two year Spanish MOT had ran out. Spain has to have an MOT test every two years( and not one as in the UK).

Nissan Micra fails MOT test.

The Spanish Car failed the test on a couple of obvious things the headlamps were out of line, pointing to the wrong side as in Spain, the Spanish Car did not have a fog light on the offside as required in the UK. A track rod end and the car needed three new tyres. Nothing much wrong really a couple of hours work.   

The lady went back to Spain after her spell teaching at a local school here in Halifax Yorkshire,UK.

Article written by Eric Roberts…www.mot-halifax.co.uk  

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website www.pellonautocentre.com by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.