Cigarette Plant Will Be Turned Into A Factory For Solar And Wind Farm Batteries

Posted by Mike Confino, October 28, 2014

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Deep in tobacco country, the once booming Phillip Morris cigarette plant in Concord, North Carolina has been reborn into a facility that churns out batteries for solar and wind farms.

Swiss startup battery manufacturer Alevo plans to open up the 3.5 million square-foot plant Tuesday, which will produce utility-sized batteries to store electricity harvested from wind and solar plants, according to Fortune. The lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries can be charged in 30 minutes and discharged for over 40,000 cycles, making it a serious competitor with more established manufacturers such as Tesla for governement and private firm contracts.

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