Published on November 13th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan10
Eos Energy Storage Launches Megawatt-Scale Manufacturing In New York
Eos Energy Storage has been an energy storage company that we at CleanTechnica have been keeping a close eye on for years. It looks like it may have breakthrough energy storage systems that could make a huge impact on the energy market. The company this week announced that, in partnership with Incodema Group, it is launching megawatt-scale manufacturing of its “safe, low-cost zinc hybrid cathode (ZnythTM) battery technology.”
The 1MW/6MWh Aurora energy storage system has many benefits, not the least of which is that it can help to get more renewable energy on the grid. Eos Energy Storage notes that it is “designed to integrate renewable energy production, increase the electricity grid’s efficiency and resiliency, and reduce utility companies’ costs and consumers’ electricity bills.”
“Eos’s mission is to provide utilities and end-use customers with an energy storage solution that solves real business problems—at a lower cost than incumbent solutions,” said Eos President Steve Hellman. “To accomplish this, we not only have to produce an inexpensive battery; we have to produce a battery inexpensively.”
Eos’s rechargeable batteries can reportedly achieve 10,000 cycles (or a 30-year life)… and all at an impressive and “disruptive” price of $160/kWh for the DC system. Furthermore, the system doesn’t require any unique manufacturing techniques or machines. “By using only commoditized manufacturing—such as metal cutting and stamping, injection molded plastics, and stackable assembly—we believe that Eos will be the low cost leader for utility scale batteries,” explained Eos CEO Michael Oster.
I’m not familiar with this side of things, but Incodema Group is reportedly quite adept at working with companies in this stage of development.
“Our team of engineers, designers, and QA experts is second to none when it comes to transitioning a technology from rapid prototyping to full-scale manufacturing,” said Incodema Group President Sean Whittaker. “We like Eos’s technology because it enables a low-cost, highly scalable production process. There are no clean rooms, no complex deposition processes, and no hazardous materials. Incodema has a long-standing relationship with Eos and we look forward to taking this next step in bringing a compelling product to market.”
“We believe our approach is the most capital efficient path to market,” Hellman noted. “By partnering with Incodema, we can scale-up more quickly, at lower cost and with less risk.”