Urban Electric Power (UEP) is a New York based company manufacturing and deploying high-capacity, rechargeable, and inexpensive batteries. Made from earth-abundant and safe materials, zinc and manganese dioxide, these batteries can be stacked to power homes and businesses for several days during power outages and recharged hundreds of times.

These batteries can be recharged from a variety of sources, including solar panels and wind turbines, and can be easily incorporated in micro-grids powered by renewable resources.

UEP’s vision is to provide affordable power to everyone, enabling a future where fuel is replenished on a human timescale.

 

The UEP Cell

UEP’s cell uses the same zinc manganese dioxide chemistry as traditional AA batteries, yet can be recharged hundreds of times. Just like the AA cells, UEP’s batteries are high capacity, safe, easy to transport, and very inexpensive. They have also received UL 1973 Certification, a requirement for energy storage systems in New York City.

 

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UEP Cell

 
 

The Monoblock

The building block for UEP’s systems are monoblocks of four cells. Each monoblock has a capacity up to 2 kWh of energy. An embedded Battery Management System makes the UEP monoblock compatible with the power electronics used to charge and discharge other batteries, such as lead acid and Li-ion batteries

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Power Assurance System

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Protect your business, residence and family during a power outage. Modular systems scale to create a custom energy solution capable of providing power for several hours to several days. Systems can provide stand-alone backup power, or be paired with solar panels or wind generation. Systems are now being installed in residences and businesses in the United States.

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Solar Micro-Grid

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The UEP batteries can be charged with excess power generated by solar micro-grids in the late morning and afternoon hours and they can be fully charged in 4-6 hours. UEP is building, in collaboration with Sandia National Lab, the Department of Energy, and New Mexico State University, integrated solar storage systems that fit on a pallet, can be easily transported, and require no configuration.

Grid Stabilization

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The UEP batteries do not experience thermal runaway, therefore they can be safely installed indoors in buildings located in urban areas like New York City. UEP is working in collaboration with NYSERDA and the State of New York, the DOE Office of Energy, the City University of New York (CUNY), and the City College of New York (CCNY) to build a grid-connected, 1 MWh/300 kW grid-tied system for demand response and peak shaving in CCNY.

Board of Directors 

SANJOY BANERJEE   FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN & CEO

Sanjoy is a Distinguished Professor in Chemical Engineering at CCNY and the Director of the CUNY Energy Institute.  He is the lead inventor of the UEP technology. He was previously Department Chair and Professor of Chemical Engineering at UC Santa Barbara.

TOM BARUCH

Tom formed CMEA Capital, an early-stage venture fund investing in energy with $1.2B in assets. He is Chairman of the Board at Codexis, Inc. and Intermolecular, Inc. and he serves on the boards of Foro Energy, CNano Technologies, and Wildcat Discovery Technologies

DAVID ELLIMAN   

David is the co-founder of Elmrock Partners and the Director of Applied Signal Technology, Inc. (APSG NASDAQ). He served on the board of NYSERDA.

JAMSHYD N. GODREJ   

Jamshyd is Chairman and Managing Director of Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing Company, Ltd. Godrej and Boyce (G&B) is a privately held, global Fortune 500 industrial conglomerate headquartered in Mumbai, India. Founded in 1897, G&B and affiliated companies (Godrej Group) generated revenues of $4.5B+ in 2017.
 

Team

SANJOY BANERJEE   FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN & CEO

UMER ANWER  •  VP OF SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Umer holds a Masters in Software and Electrical Engineering from NUST and the University of Peshawar respectively. He brings years of experience with hardware startups with a focus on building profitable engineering divisions, growth oriented business lines and enhanced product development and deployment.

ANN MARIE AUGUSTUS  •  VP OF OPERATIONS 

Ann Marie is responsible for investor and client relations, strategic planning and partnerships. After earning her B.A. in philosophy at WPU, she co-founded a solar investment startup, Park Place Renewable, and worked on technology transfer efforts for the CUNY Energy Institute. Ann Marie brings years of startup experience and a focus on fundraising, operations and supply chain.

ALEXANDER COUZIS  • ADVISOR

Alex is Professor of Chemical Engineering at CCNY and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He has 25 years experience in research and manufacturing and over 50 peer reviewed research articles and 5 patents.

GABRIEL COWLES • VP OF FINANCE AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Gabe has an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University and 10 plus years of business development and project management experience in the clean energy sector. He is responsible for financial management, business development and strategic planning.

VALERIO DE ANGELIS  •  ADVISOR & BOARD MEMBER, UEP-G&B JOINT VENTURE

Valerio holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UCSB. He has 20 years of industry and executive level experience. He is responsible for product design, marketing, and installation, and was previously CEO for an extended period of Mindflash Technologies.

JINCHAO HUANG  •  DIRECTOR OF BATTERY DEVELOPMENT

Jinchao has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from CCNY. She has been a senior research member at the CUNY Energy Institute since 2011, and she has seven years of research experience on zinc manganese dioxide cells.

ANDY NAUKAM  •  VP OF PRODUCTION

Andy has over 30 years leading engineering and factory operations of batteries and energy systems in Europe, China, India and the US. He employs a cutting edge management style keeping a pragmatic sense to lead start-up and factory transformations including close personal oversight of all aspects and details.

GAUTAM YADAV  •  DIRECTOR OF ADVANCED BATTERY DEVELOPMENT

Gautam has a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. He has been a senior research member at the CUNY Energy Institute since 2013, and has six years of research experience on zinc manganese dioxide cells. Gautam is an accomplished materials scientist with demonstrated expertise in the synthesis of nanostructured energy harvesting and storage materials.

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