Re: Used Chevy Volt Batteries Power Data Center
I'll be honest; as I was reading the article, I was looking closely for any hint that this was more of a PR stunt by GM and less of a real application. There has to be a catch, right? The numbers provided, the LEED certification, and the interest in similar applications from other companies all point towards this being pretty legit, though. Good for GM - good for all of us. The announcements from Tesla and Daimler AG specify that they're going to be offering home batteries that are new products based on their car batteries - not just repurposed car batteries. I wonder if GM will be developing a new, specialized battery for this purpose to sell to other companies? Perhaps one whose lifecycle is based around industrial use, and can switch more smartly?
Am I the only one who's interested in knowing a little more about the bat preservation thing? The article from GM actually specifies that it's actually the waste that's cleaned off of the adhesive-applying machines every so often that are the 'perfect shape' to make artificial stalactites - these must be some pretty big machines, then! It also mentions that they do outreach programs to involve local kids in the building of these bat houses, which is great - I wish I'd done more stuff like that as a kid. Seems like a great way to get them involved in putting technology and environmentalism together. At a certain point you have to set your knowledge that a lot of this is targetted PR aside, and lay down your cynicism in favor of all the great work being done. Good job, GM!