Harlem Factory Makes Zinc Anode Rechargeable Batteries

August 9, 2013 By Linda Hardesty

Urban Electric Power logoUrban Electric Power (UEP), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the City University of New York (CUNY) opened a new energy storage research and manufacturing facility in West Harlem for advanced zinc anode rechargeable battery systems.

The project is part of the Manhattanville Factory District redevelopment effort.

The $6.1 million 5,000-sq-foot facility will provide research and development capabilities as well as testing and assembly of low-cost, lead-free zinc anode rechargeable batteries and battery systems.

UEP has an exclusive license to this battery technology, which was developed at the CUNY Energy Institute. The facility will enable UEP to commercialize its products, which can be used to increase gas mileage in automobiles, reduce electric grid strain during peak usage, integrate electricity from renewable energy sources into the grid, and provide emergency power during outages.

Gov. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) awarded UEP over $1.5 million in economic development resources, including $1 million from NYSERDA for the project. Empire State Development’s (ESD) Excelsior Jobs Program is providing $522,000 in performance-based tax credits.

In larger stationary applications, UEP batteries distribute electricity more efficiently. The batteries can be charged during off-peak hours when generation costs are low and used to supply energy during the day when costs are higher. UEP’s batteries can also be used to integrate electricity produced by renewable sources, such as solar and wind power, making it possible to use clean energy when and where it is needed.

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