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

Through Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative (REDC), the New York City REDC awarded UEP more than $1.5 million in economic development resources, including $1 million from NYSERDA for the project.

The $6.1 million, 5,000-square-foot facility will provide research and development capabilities, as well as testing and assembly of 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.

According to NYSERDA, the new 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.

“Urban Electric Power’s facility is another important step in advancing the state’s energy storage industry and building resilience into its energy system infrastructure,” says Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO of NYSERDA. “Through the commitment of private-sector partners, academia and government, along with Governor Cuomo’s support, today’s grand opening demonstrates that we are establishing a cleaner, more energy-efficient energy sector that is creating jobs.”




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