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Toyota Camry Hybrid Batteries Power Part of Yellowstone National Park

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/13/2015 Megan Stewart
Toyota Camry Hybrid Batteries Power Part of Yellowstone National Park

Toyota and Yellowstone National Park recently hit the switch on the zero-emission energy system that will now power the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus. This system will utilize recycled Toyota Camry Hybrid battery packs and solar power generation for a reliable and sustainable power source.

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As the solar system gives off enough electricity to power six average U.S. homes each year, it will be plenty of power for the five buildings on the campus. The 208 used Camry Hybrid nickel-metal hydride batteries will store the energy to ensure continuous power while the system charges. In 2016, a micro-hydro turbine system is expected to aid this system.

While Toyota currently has a battery recycling plan in place, said batteries still have a significant balance of remaining power after they are no longer usable in automobile-grade applications. This prompted the Yellowstone project, hoping to extend the life of the battery to provide power for other needs.

Toyota is not the first to look into alternatives after these batteries are no longer viable in the automotive sphere. GM has come up with an energy storage system to help power homes in the event of a blackout or during peak demand to help save money.

2015 Toyota Yellowstone Lamar Buffalo Ranch Battery Project 02© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Toyota Yellowstone Lamar Buffalo Ranch Battery Project 02

Tesla has also been looking into home power alternatives, and has come out with its Power Wall and Power Pack. While these products are similar to the battery found in the Model S, they come in smaller and larger configurations. The Power Pack is meant for industrial use while the Power Wall can deliver enough electricity to power the average home for eight hours. Both can be charged using the grid or by solar panels.

Source: Toyota

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