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Toyota to recycle hybrid and EV batteries for renewable energy use

Breakthrough technology aims to give old cells new life in power storage

Toyota and partner Jera are hoping to establish a new technology that will enable storage batteries to operate more efficiently by combining different kinds of cells.   © Reuters

TOKYO/NAGOYA -- Toyota Motor has agreed to partner with Jera, a joint fuel-procurement venture between Tokyo Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power, in a bid to transform old batteries used for electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles into power storage system for renewable energy, Nikkei has learned.

The new storage system will consist of a lithium-ion battery and a nickel-metal hydride battery. The two companies' objective is to establish a new technology that will enable storage batteries to operate more efficiently by combining different kinds of batteries.

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