On Friday, November 16, NAATBatt International, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will hold a special Workshop on Zinc Battery Technology in Stationary Energy Storage Applications.

The main purpose of the workshop is to highlight the potential of another offshoot of advanced battery technology—zinc-based battery technology—that has been overlooked by many during the “Lithium-Ion Decade” of the 2010’s.

Zinc battery technology has come a long way.  Originally thought of as a primary (non-rechargeable) battery technology, scientific advances over the last ten years have allowed companies to develop and market secondary (rechargeable) zinc-based battery systems that have characteristics which may make them highly attractive for certain stationary energy storage applications.

The November 16 workshop will look primarily at four zinc battery technologies:  zinc air, nickel zinc, zinc flow batteries and zinc manganese oxide batteries.  Each of these systems has certain advantages and disadvantages when compared with lithium-ion batteries.  The workshop will discuss what those differences are and how the various pluses and minuses might play out in certain types of stationary energy storage systems.

The workshop will bring together the leading manufacturers of secondary zinc-based battery systems in the United States as well as the leading scientists working to improve the performance of zinc technology in order to make it even more competitive with lithium-ion battery systems.

North America has in many respects lost the short term battle for leadership in lithium-ion battery manufacturing.  There are many reasons why this has happened.  But one possible response is for North America to look to other types of advanced battery technology, which is manufactured domestically, as an alternative to lithium-ion.

The workshop will examine how realistic it may be to use zinc-based batteries as an alternative to lithium-ion batteries in stationary energy storage applications—and how realistic that opportunity for substitution may be in the future.  Don’t miss the chance to find out.  For more information about the November 16 workshop, go to: https://naatbatt.org/zinc-batteries/.