ZAF opens Nickel-Zinc battery R&D centre

November 26, 2018 // By Nick Flaherty
US battery specialist ZAF Energy Systems has opened a research and development centre in Bozeman, Montana, for nickel zinc (NiZn) technology.

The team of scientists and engineers (above) at the 8,000-square-foot site are developing the proprietary NiZn battery technologies to boost the performance and reduce the cost of the cells. The facility is located near Montana State University and will have a working public-private partnership with the university for advanced research.

“Our proximity to and partnership with the top talent at Montana State University’s Energy Research Institute will enable ZAF to stay at the forefront of battery technologies,” said Randy Moore, president and CEO of ZAF. “The research to be done at our new facility is critical not only to making further performance and cost improvements to our current products but will also keep us ahead of the market for zinc battery technologies.” 

The R&D facility works with ZAF’s 35,000-square-foot low rate initial production (LRIP) facility that opened in October 2017 in Joplin, Missouri, where the nickel-zinc cells and batteries are being produced. Recent investments have allowed commercialisation of the NiZn batteries on a global scale.

THe NiZn batteries are aimed at a range of applications including automotive, heavy trucking, remote telecom, renewable energy, and marine by providing twice the storage capacity and three times the power of legacy lead-acid batteries in a smaller, lighter package with less enviornmental impact.

The company started in 2011 and has developed both NiZn and Zinc air battery technologies.

www.zafsys.com

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