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Form Energy To Hold Open House In Weirton Later This Month

Two men in suits making an announcement in front of a large white sign with blue and yellow writing.
Gov. Jim Justice and Department of Economic Development Secretary Mitch Carmichael pictured during an announcement about a state partnership with Form Energy.
Courtesy Justice Administration.

Form Energy, which will build utility-scale storage batteries in Weirton, is holding an open house later this month.

Form Energy will hold two public meetings in Weirton, from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on April 27 and from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 28.

The company plans to start construction on the former Weirton Steel site this year and ramp up operations next year. At full capacity, the plant could employ more than 750 workers.

Form Energy’s iron oxide batteries are intended to offer long-duration energy storage to complement wind and solar power.

Their ability to store power for days instead of hours gives them an advantage over the more conventional lithium-ion batteries.

After some debate in this year’s legislative session, state lawmakers approved a $105 million incentive package for the plant.