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Nissan has teamed up with 4R Energy Corporation to use second-life Leaf batteries to power new streetlights in the Japanese town of Namie.

The project is entitled “The Reborn Light” and will utilise solar panels together with used electric car batteries to provide electricity to Namie as part of a post Fukushima reconstruction.

Following the 2011 disaster, a number of Leaf vehicles were used to provide emergency electric power.

Nissan and 4R created the new type of outdoor lighting that operates completely off the main power grid, ensuring no electric cables or outlets will be required.

The streetlight was designed from the ground up so that old leaf battery cells could be incorporated in the base of the light and solar modules on top to charge batteries during the day.

The first images of the product were launched by Nissan although the official product launch will only occur next week.

It’s apparently more than a design project and it will actually be deployed.

March 26 will see Nissan test a prototype at the 4R battery reclamation factory in Namie and Nissan says that “a full-scale installation” will begin sometime this year.

Nissan Europe is also using used Leaf battery packs in new home power technology, together with solar panels, to allow surplus electricity to be returned to the grid during times of peak demand.