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Zaf Energy weeks from deciding location of its US nickel-zinc battery gigafactory

Thu, 06/03/2021 - 10:28 -- Paul Crompton
Zaf Energy weeks from deciding location of its US nickel-zinc battery gigafactory

The ultimate location of a nickel-zinc (NiZn) battery gigafactory is just weeks away after ZAF Energy Systems drew up a short list of six US cities to build the facility in.

The new factory will be capable of producing 1.2 million NiZn batteries, or around 2GWh of production, a year.

The gigafactory will focus on the data center and telecom markets exclusively.

The company’s Kirk Plautz, told BEST the list of 31 sites had been reduced to six, with the company set to announce the final location within the next 30 to 45 days. 

He added that he was unable to share the selected list of six cities before the final decision was made.

The firm will build products for the defense, aerospace and medical markets in Joplin, Missouri, through its spin off company AEsir Technologies.

ZAF is the parent company and IP holding company of AEsir, which focuses on the defense, aerospace, medical and critical infrastructure markets, said Plautz, ZAF’s, and now Æsir’s, VP of marketing and sales.

In spinning off Æsir— to continue to serve the specialty markets— ZAF has granted Æsir a non-exclusive license to use the NiZn intellectual property.

Work will continue to be performed at (now) Æsir’s LRIP facility for all current and future contracts to continue to serve customers needing energy storage solutions in the specialty markets. 

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Zaf secures Series A funding to accelerate adoption of its nickel-zinc battery

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 11:39 -- Paul Crompton

Nickel-zinc battery developer Zaf Energy Systems announced on 28 April it had completed a capital raise including a $22 million Series A funding round.

The Missouri, US, firm will use the cash to accelerate the commercialisation and adoption of its nickel-zinc (NiZn) technology and expand its manufacturing capacity. 

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Nickel-zinc start-up poaches management team with 50 years of experience

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:43 -- Paul Crompton
Nickel-zinc start-up poaches management team with 50 years of experience

Two management level employees have moved from Eaglepicher and taken half a century of combined battery knowledge to nickel-zinc battery start-up Zaf Energy.

Randy A. Moore has been named as Zaf’s new president and CEO, with Tom Shireman joining the US firm to lead manufacturing operations at the Montana-based company.

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US firm’s NiZn battery passes product test

Fri, 06/12/2015 - 10:27 -- Paul Crompton
US firm’s NiZn battery passes product test

Nickel-zinc battery supplier Powergenix has completed a comprehensive product evaluation test plan.

The San Diego supplier of automotive NiZn batteries passed tests by the Institute of Automotive Mechatronics GmbH (IAM), a part of the Institute of Automotive Technologies Dresden (IAD), at the Technische Universiytat Dresden (TUD).

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PowerGenix and Amperex collaborate to produce NiZn

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:55 -- Ruth Williams

PowerGenix has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Asian battery manufacturer Amperex Technology Co. Ltd. (ATL) to manufacture nickel-zinc batteries for use in start-stop applications.

ATL manufactures rechargeable lithium-polymer battery cells and related battery packs and systems. It was the first Chinese manufacturer to produce high quality lithium polymer batteries in large volumes.

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