A Japanese town ripped apart by the country’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011 is turning to used electric batteries to secure a brighter future.

Namie in eastern Japan will be home to a new plant dedicated to recycling lithium-ion electric batteries for reuse in applications including ‘large-scale storage systems and electric forklifts’. It will be run by the 4R Energy Corporation – set up jointly by Nissan and the Sumitomo Corporation in 2010 to develop solutions for unwanted electric batteries.

And Nissan and 4R are also working together on the The Reborn Light project to provide Namie with streetlights powered by a ‘combination of solar panels and used batteries from the Nissan LEAF electric car’.