A North Carolina manufacturing plant – once known for producing a toxic product – may now make our energy future cleaner and brighter.

Formerly owned by tobacco giant Philip Morris, the plant was purchased by Alevo Manufacturing to make 40-foot-long containers that hold thousands of lithium ion battery cells.

Called GridBanks, the batteries store extra electricity and release it when other energy sources cannot meet demand. For example, utility companies can combine the batteries with wind and solar power – storing energy generated during the day, for use at night.

Scott Schotter is Alevo’s chief marketing and sustainability officer:

Scott Schotter

Schotter: “We really believe that energy storage is going to be a real change agent for the energy market in the future, bringing renewables into the marketplace in a major way and making them as consistent as conventional electricity generation.”

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The batteries also enable utilities to integrate renewable electricity with traditional power sources and reduce wasted energy, making the grid more reliable and efficient. That could lower energy costs and pollution – making GridBanks a win for utilities, consumers, and the environment.

Reporting credit: Pam Memmott/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Photos source: Alevo

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Sara Peach

Sara Peach is the Senior Editor of Yale Climate Connections. She is an environmental journalist whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Scientific American, Environmental Health News, Grist, and...