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MGX Renewables/Zinc8 provides unique energy storage for innovative building

by Greg Klein | October 16, 2019

Update: Effective March 20, 2020, MGX Renewables will trade as Zinc8 Energy Solutions CSE:ZAIR.

New technology will help conserve energy in an architecturally distinct new home now under construction in suburban Vancouver. MGX Renewables’ (CSE:MGXR) zinc-air energy storage system has been chosen for 75.9 House, a design by acclaimed architect Omer Arbel. The building’s structure will be distinguished by cement poured into fabric forms instead of plywood structures, providing not only strong thermal insulation but also a sculpted look that blends into the landscape. Arbel’s design was one of only two Canadian projects shortlisted for the future homes award at the World Architecture Festival to be held in Amsterdam next December.

MGX Renewables Zinc8 provides unique energy storage for innovative building

A depiction of 75.9 House,
now under construction in Surrey, B.C.

The energy storage system uses proprietary and patented technology of MGX Renewables, soon to be renamed Zinc8 Energy Solutions. President/CEO Ron MacDonald called the project “a significant milestone towards the commercialization of our breakthrough, long-duration, energy storage technology.”

Drawing on solar-generated energy, storage capacity for 75.9 House will start at 40 kW and 160 kWh and can be modified to accommodate increased demand.

As a modular system, Zinc8 can deliver power ranging from 20 kW to 1 MW or more, and energy from 160 kWh to 8 MWh or more, the company stated. The rechargeable zinc-air battery “can be configured to support a wide range of discharge power, recharge power and duty cycle requirements…. A very cost-effective and scalable solution now exists as an alternative to the fixed power/energy ratio of the lithium-ion battery for users requiring high storage capacity.”

“We are extremely excited to be working with Zinc8 to implement a new innovative zinc-air energy storage system for our build,” commented property owner Joe Haley. “Working with our world class architect with the intention to achieve a net zero home in this all-concrete modern structure, we feel this house will be one for the ages with its forward thinking and design.”

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