SOURCE: Altairnano


June 28, 2013 10:34 ET

Altairnano Signs Agreement With TAURON Dystrybucja S.A. on Joint Energy Storage Systems Demonstration Research Project

RENO, NV--(Marketwired - Jun 28, 2013) - Altairnano (NASDAQ: ALTI) today announced it entered into an agreement with TAURON Dystrybucja S.A. (TAURON) to jointly determine the necessary infrastructure needs for stationary energy storage systems based on lithium titanate batteries, and for the construction of power and frequency stabilization systems in Poland. TAURON is a subsidiary of TAURON Polska Energia S.A., Poland's second largest energy company.

The companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that defines the initial analysis needed to determine the best structure and scope of a pilot demonstration system. Both companies believe this initial phase could be completed by the end of 2013. Key goals of the next phase pilot project, which would be to deploy and test an Altairnano ALTI-ESS ADVANTAGE system, could include the development of ancillary services for the grid, the storage of electricity in off-peak hours, especially from renewable sources of energy, and grid stabilization.

"We are excited to be working with TAURON to develop a program that will help meet their growing needs to improve grid performance and more efficiently incorporate new renewable energy generation into their delivery systems," said Alexander Lee, CEO of Altairnano. "This pilot program will further demonstrate how our patented nano-lithium-titanate technology is ideally suited for high-power grid applications because of its ability to rapidly charge, store and discharge energy back into the grid. We are also eager to bring the benefits of our ALTI-ESS ADVANTAGE system to Europe." 

"As Poland and the EU continue to move towards generating and providing cleaner electric power, advanced technologies especially for stationary energy storage and frequency regulation will be critical to meeting those objectives," said Dariusz Lubera, CEO of TAURON Polska Energia S.A.

"We are looking forward to collaborating with Altairnano to explore how its unique energy storage systems can integrate and deliver the level of grid stabilization necessary to improve the quality of the grid in Poland," said Piotr Kolodziej, CEO of TAURON Dystrybucja S.A.

About Altairnano, Inc.
Altairnano is a leading provider of high-power, energy storage systems for the electric grid, industrial equipment and transportation markets. The company's lithium titanate technology is built on a proprietary nano-scale processing technology that creates high-power, rapid-charging battery systems with industry-leading performance and cycle life. Altairnano is headquartered in Reno, Nevada and maintains operations in Anderson, Indiana; Zhuhai, China; and Wu'an, China. For additional information, please visit:

About TAURON Polska Energia S.A.

TAURON Polska Energia S.A. is the mother company in the TAURON Polska Energia Capital Group.

Major subsidiaries that are consolidated in the financial statements include: Południowy Koncern Węglowy S.A. dealing with coal mining, TAURON Wytwarzanie S.A. dealing with electricity generation from conventional sources and biomas co-firing, TAURON EKOENERGIA sp. z o.o. dealing with electricity generation from renewable sources, TAURON Dystrybucja S.A. dealing with electricity distribution, TAURON Sprzedaż sp. z o.o. dealing with electricity supply to retail customers, TAURON Obsługa Klienta sp. z o.o. dealing with customer service and TAURON Ciepło S.A., dealing with heat distribution.

The TAURON Group is one of the largest business entities in Poland with the capital of approximately PLN 8 billion. The holding employs approx. 28 thousand people.

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