ADNOC to deploy repurposed EV batteries to decarbonize operations

ADNOC to deploy repurposed EV batteries to decarbonize operations

ADNOC establishes UAE’s first Battery Center of Excellence to spearhead research into promising new cell technologies and future battery energy systems

  • By ICN Bureau | October 05, 2023

ADNOC is to trial the use of repurposed electric vehicle batteries to decarbonize its remote production operations and reduce costs. The pilot, run in partnership with German startup Power I.D., will see electric vehicle batteries deployed that would have otherwise been disposed of and assembled into a large-scale Battery Energy Storage System.

The system, which will be built in the United Arab Emirates, can hold up to two megawatts (MW) of power within a single 20-foot storage container. Each container will be mobile, allowing for deployment to remote sites.

The Battery Energy Storage System will reduce reliance on diesel generators to power remote drilling rigs. It is estimated the system will cut the carbon emissions of remote drilling rigs by up to 25% and reduce their energy expenditure by 50%.

To support the long-term development and deployment of Battery Energy Storage Systems, ADNOC has established the UAE’s first Battery Center of Excellence.

Sophie Hildebrand, ADNOC Chief Technology Officer, said: “Leveraging innovative technology and partnerships is a key pillar in ADNOC’s strategy to achieve net zero emissions by 2045. The Battery Energy Storage System is a cutting-edge innovation that will enhance efficiency and allow us to continue decarbonizing our operations.”

The Battery Energy Storage System utilizes advanced electric vehicle technology.

Naser Abu Daqqa, Founder and Managing Director, Power I.D., said: “This Battery Energy Storage System is unique for its high energy density. Together with ADNOC we have developed a system that packs in two megawatts per hour within a 20-foot container. The compact nature of the system will allow for convenient deployment to remote locations, helping ADNOC to cut emissions from its off-grid production activities.”

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