Category: Tech

Photo: Espen Frithjofsen

The Norwegian/Swedish-based company Tibber has launched a whole new generation of electric vehicle home chargers. They did this together with their hardware partner Easee. The charger is developed to help reduce the costs of charging electric cars at home.

The charger will do so with the help of so called “smart charging technology”, which means that the charger lowers charging speed for small periods at a time, when the power grid is in an immediate need to reduce consumption. 

Picture: Tibber
Photo: Easee

The charger is also equipped with technology that charges your electric car when the price of electric power is low. If you smart charge with Tibber, they guarantee that you get a 20% lower charging bill in Norway and a 50% lower bill in Sweden.

The charger can charge on both 1 and 3 phase and supports charging up to 22 kW, depending on which installation you choose. It has a Type 2 standard charging connector.

Tibber also launched 2 other products

The heart rate monitor for your home

Photo: Tibber

This is a small box called Pulse, which is plugged into the new automatic flow meter (AMS) that all households in Norway and Sweeden is soon to have, giving you a constant overview of power consumption at home.

The purpose is to give the user an overview of which electric installations that uses power and how to reduce power consumption, in addition to informing you whether there is a power outage, or something goes wrong when you’re not at home.

Smart heat control with Tibber and Mill

Photo: mill

The third product launched was a collaboration with the Norwegian electrical radiator manufacturer Mill, where the radiator uses Tibber’s technology for automatic heat control. Tibber already offers this technology for controlling air-condition-systems.

The product considers weather forecasts, thermal load, and the price of electric power to determine the effect you need for heating the house to avoid wasting power. It should be so easy to use that you only need to choose the desired temperature at home in the app, and Tibber will fix the rest.

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Electric car batteries are being recycled

As written in an earlier article, the number of electric cars has increased dramatically in recent years. There are now more than 4 million electric cars in the world. This is 1 million more than last year. Electric car number 5 million is estimated to be sold during March 2019.  The increase in the number of electric, cars has led to a discussion in what will happen to all the used electric car batteries when the cars are finally scrapped.

Will there be piles of used toxic batteries lying around, or will there be solutions to the battery problem?

No. There is no reason to fear piles of toxic batteries.

There is a growing number of recycling facility’s being established for the recycling of used electric car batteries. This is a recourse, and it is possible to make good money on it.

How do they do it?

When the time comes, and the used lithium-ion battery is no longer usable, a recycling facility will take care of it. There are two ways to do this:

If the batterys is completely without power, they are shredded at once so that the metal components, like steel and copper, can be easily dismantled and separated.

If there are any traces of electric energy in them, they are frozen in liquid nitrogen and smashed to frozen bits. The batteries have no chance to react because of the liquid nitrogen, so the smashing Is completely safe. After this procedure the metals are separated out for reuse.

It is important to menton that an electric car battery can still be used for other purposes after its life in the electric car ends. Usually at this, point the battery still have around 70-80 percent of its capacity left. So, before they are sent off to a recycling center they can be used as batteries in solar systems, a power wall, or as a power equalizer in the power grid.

You can watch the film in the start of the article from Batteriretur to learn more about the recycling process.

Allso read: What happens to old electric car batteries?

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