The Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park is a long way from the areas most tourists visit. This research and education center is about as far off the grid as you can get.
Toyota has donated 208 recycled Toyota Camry hybrid batteries to create an energy storage facility that allows the Ranch to continue its mission using only renewable power. Together, the batteries store 85 kilowatt-hours of electricity provided by a solar panel array that generates enough electricity to power 6 typical American households.
Each hybrid car battery is disassembled and tested before being equipped with components designed and built by partner Indy Power Systems specifically for this application – including an onboard battery management system for each battery pack. An onsite micro-hydro turbine systems that captures energy from a neighboring stream will join the power mix in 2016, giving the ranch access to reliable, sustainable electrical power for the first time since it was established over 100 year ago in 1907.