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LA signs with Chinese battery giant to store power

Tue, 09/14/2010 - 9:13am
The Associated Press

The city of Los Angeles has signed a deal with a major Chinese manufacturing firm to develop a battery project that would store renewable energy and release it to the power grid.

City officials on Monday signed the agreement with BYD Co. Ltd that would see the company work with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to create an electric storage facility at a wind farm in the Tehachapi Mountains northwest of the city.

The facility would store between five and 10 megawatts of power and could release it as needed.

Quallion, a high-tech battery manufacturer in Sylmar, will also be involved in the project.

BYD is locating its North American headquarters in Los Angeles.

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