A US data center is set to be the first to use a nickel-zinc battery-based uninterruptible power supply (UPS) as its sole source of backup energy storage.
ZincFive will supply its BC Series UPS Battery Cabinets to developer Wyoming Hyperscale White Box, which plans to commission the site in Wyoming later this year.
The Aspen Mountain Hyperscale Data Center Project will manage 30MW of critical IT load in its first phase and will be the first geothermal coupled hyperscale data center in Wyoming.
The BC Series UPS Battery Cabinets are the first nickel-zinc battery energy storage solution with backward and forward compatibility with megawatt class UPS inverters.
Benefits of nickel-zinc batteries
As the world aims to reduce carbon emissions and introduce greater amounts of renewables into the energy mix there is a clear need for higher energy density batteries that meet the modern triumvirate of: safety, non-toxicity and recyclability.
ZincFive talked to BEST last year about how its nickel-zinc battery meets these needs.
A report by Boundless Impact Research and Analytics, found ZincFive’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was estimated to be 58kgCO2e per kWh stored energy (when using a 100-year global warming potential (GWP). Using a 20-year GWP the figure is 73kgCO2e per kWh).
In comparison, a lithium-ion NMC cell is around 73kgCO2e per kWh stored energy (100-year GWP), according to a report by UK-based consultants Circular Energy Storage.