How everyday household batteries became revolutionary energy storage

November 05, 2021 2 min read

Chances are you haven’t thought much about the batteries in your home flashlight or TV remote. They’re calledalkaline batteries, and the technology dates all the way back to 1899. 

For decades, little changed about how those simple batteries worked. They became smaller and denser, with a longer shelf life. But alkaline batteries came up short for powering laptops and smart phones, or as a backup power supply. The biggest reason: rechargeability. Most household batteries just get recycled or thrown away after a single use.

Instead, lithium-ion batteries are used for everything from laptops and smart phones to home energy storage. But there’s problems with lithium—from the expense and scarcity of supply to its tendency to fuel fires that are hard to extinguish.

Since 2009,Urban Electric Power has fine-tuned an ingenious but simple solution based on that same AA battery technology safely used for decades. With breakthrough research from the City University of New York Energy Institute, the everyday household battery has been transformed.

Urban Electric Power uses a novel chemistry for its alkaline batteries to make them both high capacity and rechargeable. It’s already been tested and proven for larger uses, like data centers and infrastructure for the energy grid. 

Because the chemistry uses safe and abundant minerals, it’s less expensive than lithium. It’s also UL certified for fire safety, meaning you don’t have to install costly fire suppression systems.

Urban Electric Power’sOhm Core now makes its safer and more affordable energy storage available for your home. Ohm charges up from the grid and is ready to go when you need it. Quiet and seamless, the system kicks right in when the power goes out. You can rest easy knowing you and your family won’t miss a beat, thanks to the kind of battery that’s already in your home—made revolutionary with Ohm.