Pine Gate signs for 4.5 GWh of zinc-alkaline batteries for utility-scale projects through 2027

Utility Scale Solar Developer Pine Gate Renewables has signed an MOU for 4,500 MWh of rechargeable zinc-alkaline batteries from Urban Electric Power for the next five years. This agreement gives Pine Gate access to Urban Electric Power batteries each year, under preferential terms.

“We are excited to partner with Urban Electric Power to introduce and apply zinc-alkaline batteries, a well-known household item, in grid-connected scales for our customers in the United States,” said Raafe Khan, Director of Energy storage. at Pine Gate Renewables. “We are committed to supporting our partners and customers with secure, domestically manufactured, scalable, reliable and sustainable solutions to which they can connect for their storage needs. This is just the start of an exciting journey for both organizations and we look forward to working with the Urban Electric Power team to build a sustainable energy storage ecosystem so that our customers can live their lives uninterrupted.”

Urban Electric Power’s patented technology tweaks the chemistry of the familiar AA household battery to make it rechargeable. This enables safer, more affordable energy storage solutions, which the New York-based company offers under the Ohm label for residential and commercial applications, and under the Zeus label for utility scale. The batteries are assembled at the Pearl River, New York factory.

In development by researchers at the City College of New York since 2012, the rechargeable zinc-alkaline technology has already been tested and proven for large-scale use, such as at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, and at commercial-industrial sites to provide backup power. and shippable energy storage to the power grid.

“As we phase out fossil fuels and add distributed renewable energy sources, the demand to replace old battery technology with cost-effective energy storage that is safer, more sustainable and more environmentally friendly will only increase,” said Ann Marie Augustus, Urban Electric Power’s Vice Chair of Operations. . “We provide non-toxic, utility-scale energy storage with no risk of thermal runaway fire, at a lower cost and lower carbon footprint than standard lithium-ion or lead-acid batteries.”

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