SECOND-life Nissan EV batteries are helping to power a recording studio on the wild and remote Outer Hebrides.
The Black Bay Studio, on one of the smallest of the islands off the north-west coast of Scotland, is housed in a former crab factory which was repurposed in 2016. And it’s described as ‘a place like no other – the ultimate escape from the rest of the world’.
Musicians and keen surfers Neil Halstead and Alan Stokes are among the studio’s clients and have been thoroughly impressed by the sustainability of the operation, as you can see in the attached video.
They explain: ‘It’s a battery-powered studio, and we weren’t really sure how that was going to work – whether we would have to wait for it to be charged up – but it’s worked brilliantly.
‘There are solar panels on the roof of the building and then a battery unit which is out of Nissan Leaf cars which stores the energy.
‘To come somewhere like this is really inspiring and away from people’s everyday lives.’
Halstead and Stokes have worked with studio owner Pete Fletcher to produce a charity single called ‘Howl at the Moon’. Proceeds are being donated to Surfers Against Sewage.
To find out more, check out the accompanying video.