ZINC BATTERIES AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO LITHIUM-ION TECHNOLOGY

NAATBatt International in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY) will host a workshop on zinc battery technology on Friday, November 16, 2018, at The Advanced Science Research Center at the Graduate Center of CUNY, 85 Saint Nicholas Terrace, New York.

Advanced battery technology is transforming the world.  Scientific breakthroughs made over the last 30 years in the chemical storage of electrical energy promise fundamentally to disrupt vehicle transportation and the way electricity is generated and transmitted on the grid.

Since their first sale in 1991, lithium-ion battery batteries have led the advanced battery technology revolution.  With an energy density of four times or more that of prior battery technologies, lithium-ion dominates the advanced battery market today.  92% of all utility-scale energy storage systems commissioned in 2017 were powered by lithium-ion batteries, up from 38% in 2012.

But lithium-ion batteries have their challenges:  They are thermally volatile. They rely on expensive and potentially scarce metals such as cobalt and high grade nickel.  They require complicated and expensive battery management systems to operate and remain safe.

Is there a better way?

Some believe that better way may be zinc-based batteries.  During the past 30 years, while lithium-ion has received all the attention, major scientific progress has been made in transforming older, non-rechargeable zinc battery technologies into rechargeable systems that may be able to compete with lithium-ion.

Today multiple companies are bringing to market batteries and energy storage systems based on nickel-zinc, zinc bromine, zinc air and zinc manganese oxide battery technology.  All these systems have unique features and performance qualities that may, in certain applications, make them a preferred alternative to lithium-ion based systems. Importantly, the scientific community sees considerable runway for continued improvement in these zinc-based systems, which may make them even more competitive in the future.

The Workshop on Zinc Battery Technology in Stationary Energy Storage Applications will examine the principal zinc battery technologies on the market today, how they work, what their particular characteristics are, and where they might be able to play in the energy storage market today and tomorrow.  Electric utilities, grid operators, energy systems developers, energy systems integrators, regulators, first responders, property owners, scientists, students and renewable energy enthusiasts are all urged to attend.

What You Will Learn

Attendees of the Workshop on Zinc Battery Technology will learn the following:

  • The principal types of zinc-based batteries on the market today
  • How the cost and characteristics of the zinc battery technologies compare to lithium-ion battery technology today
  • The cost outlook for zinc battery technology in the future
  • The scientific prospects for future improvements in zinc battery technology