Enzinc will begin testing zinc-based battery with energy companies
Rechargeable Zinc Battery Developer Enzinc has found external product testing partners in: BASE Technologies, EV charging SaaS business ChargeNet stations, as well as a global battery manufacturer, a leading electric bicycle brand, and an international waste and recycling provider, who work confidentially with Enzinc.
Testing will be done on Facilities at the University of California Riverside through a CalTestBed award worth $292,000.
“It is a vote of confidence in the potential of this technology that a number of companies are partnering with Enzinc during the testing phase,” said Danny Kennedy, Chief Energy Officer of New Energy Nexus. “We’re excited that our programs give startups like Enzinc an edge in innovating the way batteries are manufactured and deployed. We need to see more of this if we want to accelerate the transition to clean energy and electrify our economy.”
“Our collaboration partners will ensure that our battery testing protocols reflect many of the usage scenarios expected for advanced batteries with ‘Enzinc Inside’,” said Michael Burz, founder and CEO of Enzinc. “The CalTestBed award allows us to test how batteries with our exclusive zinc microsponge anode perform in key applications including e-bike and other electric mobility, stationary power backup, and grid-connected and microgrid energy storage.”
Rebecca Wolkoff, CTO at ChargeNet, is looking forward to testing their software with the Enzinc hardware: “We are both committed to creating secure, affordable and sustainable energy storage. We appreciate that our ChargeNet team can provide guidance and feedback on the application of Enzinc’s technology.”
the competitive CalTestBed initiative is funded through The California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program to accelerate the commercialization of clean energy technologies. It funds third-party testing in world-class facilities on nine University of California campuses and a national lab. The program is led by New energy nexus in collaboration with the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Enzinc’s zinc micro sponge anode will power a range of high-quality rechargeable batteries. The structure of the anode allows the battery to deliver more than three times the energy and last three times as long as lead-acid batteries, while costing about the same, and operating over a wider temperature range than lithium-based batteries. The battery is fully recyclable, much safer to use than lead or lithium batteries and uses zinc, a widely used material with no restrictions in the supply chain.
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