Meanwhile, in Pearl River, NY, Gabriel Cowles, vice president of Commercial Strategy and Finance for Urban Electric Power and his staff have developed a viable alternative to traditional diesel fuel generators.

In the wake of weather-related events like Hurricane Ida, a rechargeable battery for residential and commercial use might be the answer for periodic power outages. For the agricultural community, food storage and immediate power needs are a constant concern.

“The primary goal was to take the ubiquitous alkaline battery you see everywhere that’s safe and environmentally friendly and turn it into a battery for the grid,” Cowles said. “The idea was turning this into a grid-scale battery. Research began there in 2008, but the team made great progress during the first several years. They demonstrated a large number of cycles for the battery, which is a key indicator.”

Since then, UEP has grown to encompass a 40,000-square-foot facility in Pearl River called The New York Center for Innovation. The campus serves as a pilot-scale and manufacturing testing lab.

Thus far, UEP has received assistance in network-building to move into the “commercial deployment market” and establish partnerships. Bringing on early adopters represents the first round of consumers.

“F3 has those connections in the region and can help us gain traction in the market,” Cowles.


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