11 October 2010
Mexico’s President Felipe Calderón announced today that Rubenius is expanding into Baja California, Mexico and San Diego, California to create the first mega-region energy warehouse.
Rubenius has purchased 140 hectares of land in Baja California, Mexico and will install 1000 megawatts (MW) of sodium sulphide (NaS) energy storage batteries at a fully commissioned cost of more than $4 billion (USD). Rubenius will offer storage space to energy companies and utilities in both countries.
The site chosen is Silicon Border's Science Park, which was developed for manufacturing high technology products in Mexicali, Mexico. This location was chosen because of its existing infrastructure and close proximity to both the Baja California power grid and the US grid. The Baja California operation will create more than 200 direct green jobs and 800 indirect green jobs in the region.