IRON BATTERIES for US Power Grid to be ‘Made in USA’

Grid-scale battery, whose active components are iron, water & air, and capable of storing energy for over 4 days, will be manufactured by Form Energy at the former Weirton Steel site, in the panhandle of West Virginia.

Massachusetts-based Form Energy will build the plant on a 55-acre site once occupied by Weirton Steel in the Northern Panhandle. Construction is expected to begin next year with manufacturing of battery systems set to start in 2024. The announcement came as U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday show that West Virginia lost residents for the 10th straight year. The estimates show the state’s population fell by 10,370 residents over the past year. The 0.6% decline was the fourth highest rate in the nation.

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“To run the grid reliably and affordably, we need new cost-effective technologies capable of storing electricity for multiple days. Our first commercial product is an iron-air battery capable of storing electricity for 100 hours at system costs competitive with legacy power plants.”

Form Energy

It’s hard to get more cutting-edge than iron-air batteries, a technology that has not yet been installed in a full-scale power plant. Form co-founder and CEO Mateo Jaramillo left Tesla’s energy-storage business to tackle the problem of long-duration storage: How can we take renewable power, which doesn’t flow around the clock, and turn it into a reliable 24/7 power source?
The Inflation Reduction Act includes the first stand-alone credit for energy storage installations, such as the ones Form will supply. And there is an added bonus for projects utilizing domestic content, like what Form will manufacture in Weirton.

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“To reach renewable energy independence, to meet supply-chain challenges, to run the grid reliably and affordably, we need new, domestically manufactured energy-storage technologies capable of cost-effectively storing electricity for multiple days.”

Form co-founder and CEO Mateo Jaramillo