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Ambitious plan to build a colossal power bank with giant lithium batteries on the roofs of buildings, terrorizes residents of the United States due to the risk of explosion

Written by Flavia Marinho
Published 21/05/2024 às 14:52
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Residents of the United States fear for their own lives due to the risks of lithium-ion batteries exploding, as well as that of the building

United States moves quietly to allow giant lithium-ion batteries to be installed on the roofs of buildings in New York. MicroGrid Networks has a plan to build a colossal power bank on top of a Brooklyn building.

The for-profit US company says viable locations for battery storage — billed as the future of green energy — are extremely limited, and building on top of New Yorkers' homes is necessary for the city to meet its goals climate.

If approved, the project would mark the first time such a substation can be built on the roof of a residential building anywhere in the United States, potentially spreading the ambitious idea around the world.

MicroGrid has been working since 2020 to place 2,5 megawatts of energy storage on top of a seven-story building. Lithium-ion-like battery banks — which recharge at night and then sell power to ConEd during heat waves and other peak grid usage times — are currently installed on the rooftops of Barclays Center and the TWA Hotel in the United States. JFK Airport, from New York, United States.

They are critical to meeting New York City's renewable energy goals and alleviating aging infrastructure," the company said.

The company has been struggling to find owners willing to host its batteries.

Not everything is rosy, the company has struggled to find landlords willing to host its batteries, and residents of the Williamsburg building are not happy with the idea.

For two years, Williamsburg residents have fought tooth and nail to not become the first apartment building to boast cutting-edge technology on its roof. If authorized, it will open the floodgates for lithium-ion batteries to be built on other residential roofs.

Residents fear for their own safety due to the explosion risks of lithium-ion batteries, as well as that of the building — specifically, if its structure is unable to support several tons above them.

“It's more frightening than frustrating — the prospect of living with about 135 tons of batteries over your head that could catch fire or explode at any moment,” said Olivia Silver, 25, who has lived at 315 Berry all her life, to the The Post. (MicroGrid has estimated that the equipment will weigh over 300.000 pounds)

Residents claim, for example, the recent Tesla battery fires, and that MicroGrid's lithium-ion phosphate batteries are similar, and an order of magnitude larger. In defense the company wrote in a presentation that “these batteries, unlike other lithium batteries, do not catch fire,” but other lithium-ion phosphate batteries have been involved in at least one recent fatal explosion.

Additionally, building residents note that their 49-unit, early 25th century building is in no condition to carry additional weight on its roof as it is covered in cracks, floods frequently, has over XNUMX open breaches, and a partial vacate order from when a piece of the facade fell into the now-enclosed community garden below.

Flavia Marinho

Flavia Marinho is a Production Engineer with a postgraduate degree in Electrical and Automation Engineering, with extensive experience in the onshore and offshore shipbuilding industry. In recent years, she has dedicated herself to writing articles for news websites in the areas of industry, oil and gas, energy, shipbuilding, geopolitics, jobs and courses, with more than 7 thousand articles published. Contact us to suggest an agenda, advertise job vacancies or advertise on our portal.

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