Eaton Plans To Power European Soccer Stadiums With Old Nissan Leaf Batteries

Eaton plans to power European soccer stadiums with old Nissan Leaf batteries

OSLO, Norway — U.S. industrial conglomerate Eaton, which uses second-hand Nissan electric vehicle batteries to power buildings, is in talks with up to six European football stadiums to help power their facilities, according to a senior executive. Eaton, a New York-listed firm that makes hydraulics, truck transmissions and other industrial products, says the market is niche but expects it to grow up to 20 times between now and 2022. In Europe, Middle East and Africa, Eaton estimates the potential market value to be $2.3 billion by 2025. What to do with the used batteries of electric vehicles is becoming a growing concern as their use expands with that of electric cars, which accounted for 1.5% of the 86 million cars sold globally last year, according to researchers JATO Dynamics. Eaton takes the cells from the batteries of Japanese carmaker Nissan's returned Leaf electric vehicles and repackages them into new units, a product it calls xStorage, to store power in buildings, both industrial and residential. It has already equipped the Netherlands' Johan Cruyff Arena, the legendary home of the Ajax football team, among other buildings, with what it calls "second-life batteries." Its latest project was in Oslo's Bislett athletics stadium in Norway, which is partly powered by solar panels. "The football stadium community is interested. From significant ones, (we are talking) with 5-6 stadiums in Europe." Eaton's senior vice president Craig McDonnell said in an interview on the sidelines of a presentation at Bislett stadium. With the exception of Tesla, which it sees as a competitor in the storage business, the firm is also talking with other automakers to expand its offering. McDonnell declined to give names. Eaton says its xStorage solution is 20% cheaper than a new battery, and every Nissan Leaf car can produce four such units. It is among the large-scale commercial ones in the developing market, with other projects run by German automaker BMW which supplies second-hand batteries from its i3 electric vehicles to store wind-farm produced electricity.

European 2020 Toyota Supra Arrives, Production Capped At 900 For First Year

European 2020 Toyota Supra Arrives, Production Capped At 900 For First YearAlongside announcing the U.S.-spec 2020 Toyota Supra at the Detroit Auto Show 2019, the automaker has dropped images and details of the European model. Curiously, Toyota will build and deliver just 900 new Supra models for the European market during the first year of the car’s launch. A special-edition model dubbed the Supra A90 Edition will also be sold, limited to just 90 examples across the continent.

European Authors Explain Their Works In Japan

European authors explain their works in Japan

European writers are talking about their works at a literary event in Tokyo.

The European Literature Festival opened on Friday. The event is aimed at raising interest in European history and culture. It was launched last year by the Delegation of the European Union to Japan and other organizers.

Abe Leaves For European Tour

Abe leaves for European tour

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has left for his European tour, including attending a summit of the Asia-Europe meeting known as ASEM.

He left Tokyo on Tuesday morning bound for Spain, the first leg of the 5-day tour.

Abe To Press For Free Trade On European Tour

Abe to press for free trade on European tour

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will leave on Tuesday for a tour of Spain, France and Belgium. He plans to call for strengthening the free-trade system based on fair rules at the Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM, in Belgium.

During the 5-day tour, Abe will hold summit meetings in Spain and France. He hopes to establish close cooperation with these countries concerning North Korea and other issues.

European Probe Lands On Ryugu Asteroid

European probe lands on Ryugu asteroid

Space agencies in Europe say a probe deployed from Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft has successfully landed on the asteroid Ryugu.

The touchdown comes after the lander was released on Wednesday from Hayabusa2 when it was about 51 meters above the asteroid.