ZAF claims breakthrough in cycle life performance for Nickel-Zinc battery

May 08, 2019 //By Nick Flaherty
Breakthrough in cycle life performance for Nickel-Zinc battery
ZAF Energy Systems has developed a new electrode that could double the lifetime of its nickel-zinc (NiZn) battery technology in industrial applications.

ZAF’s NiZn batteries have direct uses in a wide range of applications including: heavy trucking, remote telecommunication, data centers and renewable energy. THe company believes the NiZn technology could disrupt the $50 billion + conventional lead-acid battery market and the rapidly growing $30 billion lithium market.

The NiZn electrode design was led by new chief technology officer Dr. Kurt Salloux.

“Kurt’s industry knowledge and technical expertise has changed the trajectory of our development team. He has led the team on an innovative electrode design, which resulted in the potential to double our projected cycle life. The magnitude of this improvement is that it will allow nickel-zinc to compete with lithium-ion without the safety hazards in many applications,” sad Randy Moore, ZAF’s president and CEO.

Dr. Salloux was a research manager for Hughes Space and Communications working on the lithium-ion battery program for Hughes and later Boeing’s next-generation satellite systems. He was most recently involved in building advanced power and monitoring control systems for global telecommunication carriers.

“I initially joined ZAF as a technical advisor to conduct due diligence on the NiZn technology for projects I was working on,” said Salloux. “After working with the technology development team, I saw an opportunity to introduce this innovative electrode process to drive improved cycle life. We rapidly validated the performance and I saw an opportunity to impact the telecommunication, data center and utility markets with NiZn batteries. This led to the discussions with the leadership team to join ZAF as the Chief Technology Officer. We are now in the process of moving this innovative technology out of the lab and into our Joplin production facility and expect to be delivering batteries in Q3 to key customer projects.”

“We continue to build a world-class team and we are pleased that Kurt has brought his years of experience and industry connections to the company. His background in telecommunications, data centers, utility and microgrid/distributed power provides us a unique

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