ZAF Energy Systems Inc. (ZAF), a developer of next-generation battery technology, has announced a technology breakthrough in their nickel-zinc (NiZn) battery technology that extends cycle life and improves reliability.
Courtesy of ZAF Energy Systems
The announcement was made by Dr. Kurt Salloux who has recently joined ZAF’s executive team as its new Chief Technology Officer. ZAF’s NiZn batteries have direct uses in a wide range of applications including heavy trucking, remote telecommunication, data centres’ and renewable energy. NiZn batteries are currently positioned to disrupt the $50 billion+ conventional lead-acid battery market and the rapidly growing $30 billion lithium market.
Randy Moore, ZAF’s president and CEO said that Dr Salloux’s industry knowledge and technical expertise has changed the trajectory of the company’s development team and that he has led the team on an innovative electrode design, which resulted in the potential to double the battery’s 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.
“I initially joined ZAF as a technical advisor to conduct due diligence on the NiZn technology for projects I was working on” said Dr 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 centre 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.”
Kurt Salloux holds a Ph.D. in materials science/electrochemistry with over 30 years of experience in science, engineering, research, development and construction of advanced power and energy storage systems. 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. Kurt was most recently involved in building advanced power and monitoring control systems for global telecommunication carriers.