Editorial: Green energy future arrives early again at ACUA with big battery

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Wind turbine, ACUA, Atlantic City

PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – People handle batteries all the time, so let’s put the Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s new big battery in perspective.

First, it’s a lithium ion battery — long lived and powerful for its size — the kind used in rechargeable devices of all kinds, from electric toothbrushes to mobile phones to hybrid and plug-in cars. Familiar technology.

But consider its size. The biggest lithium battery most people ever handle is the one in their laptop computer. The ACUA battery at its wastewater treatment plant in Atlantic City is 20,000 times bigger — storing 1 million watts of power …

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