Plant shifts from tobacco to batteries
GridBanks Hold Thousands of Lithium Ion Battery Cells
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.
Source: Yale Climate Connections