Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Recycled Chevy Volt Batteries Help Power Facilities

Recycled Chevy Volt Batteries Help Power Facilities

DURAND, Mich.– As a result of Chevy's innovative spirit, recycled Chevy Volt batteries help power facilities such as the GM Enterprise Data Center at its Milford Proving Ground, the newest GM IT building.

In conjunction with a 74-killowatt ground-mount solar array and two 2kW wind turbines, five used Chevy Volt batteries help generate 100Mwh annually for the new IT building, which is an amount equal to the energy usage of 12 households.

This isn’t the first time Chevy has taken a step in a greener direction. Volt batteries that are no longer useful under the hood have also been repurposed as bat houses and nesting boxes for endangered duck species.

So how do recycled Chevy Volt batteries help power facilities like the new IT building? The Volt usually gets power from a band of energy in the battery pack and leaves behind plenty of juice for stationary use. The leftover juice alone isn’t very useful to a Volt, but it can provide plenty of beneficial energy to a building.

Repurposed Volt batteries are also sustainable, as they can store unneeded energy and send excess energy back to a grid that supplies the Milford campus. The batteries also provide backup energy to the IT building in the case of a power outage.

Chevy’s innovative nature has propelled it to a level of environmental awareness that most other automakers have yet to reach. Taking charge of their energy usage and finding a creative way to mitigate wastefulness has earned the new IT building the LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Hopefully other automakers find similar ways to cut down on energy usage through innovative decisions like Chevy’s. But when it comes to going green, it’s unlikely that any other automaker will surpass the achievements Chevy has made. All you have to do is take a look at the energy efficiency of the New Chevy Cars and New Chevy Trucks at your Genesee County Area Chevrolet Dealer to see what we mean!

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