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Zinc8 Energy Solutions sees JV opportunities in Australia

October 19th, 2020

by Greg Klein | October 19, 2020

Zinc8 Energy Solutions sees JV opportunities in Australia

A 100kW solar installation by SmartConsult in Queensland.

 

A Canadian company providing long-term energy storage has extended its reach from New York to India, and now Down Under. An agreement in principle calls for Zinc8 Energy Solutions CSE:ZAIR to explore joint venture possibilities with Australian energy management firm Wyer Company Pty Ltd (trading as SmartConsult).

We are very excited to collaborate with Zinc8 in Australia. We have been looking for a battery solution that does not have the inherent issues that surround existing battery types with uncertain cycle life and limited longevity. The Zinc8 solution will be ideal for our large-scale industrial customers.—Luke Hardy,
SmartConsult CEO

Vancouver-based Zinc8 has developed a modular energy storage system to deliver electricity ranging from 20kW to 50MW with storage capacity extending to eight or more hours. The proprietary system stores electricity in zinc particles, avoiding the expensive battery minerals lithium, vanadium and cobalt. SmartConsult is an energy management and analytical consultancy that has installed over 8.5 MW of solar capacity across 128 projects. The firm has also consulted on hundreds of other projects.

Some Australian possibilities for Zinc8’s system include aquatic centres, remote mines, microgrids and utilities.

Zinc8’s news follows two significant announcements from last month. An agreement in principle with Vijai Electricals has the two companies considering JV opportunities in India. Zinc8 also won an award in the New York City Department of Buildings Carbon Neutrality Innovation Challenge, a distinction that could lead to inclusion in the 2020 NYC Building Code. Zinc8 was the only energy storage system selected.

The company had already established a New York state presence last January, when the New York Power Authority chose the zinc-air system out of more than 60 competitors for a commercial or industrial demonstration facility. Under a March agreement with Digital Energy Corp, Zinc8 will install a 100 kW/1.5 MWh zinc-air storage system at a Brooklyn combined heat and power plant.

Last month Zinc8 closed a $1.4-million private placement.

Read Keeping the Lights On, an op-ed by Zinc8 CEO Ron MacDonald.

Watch an online presentation by Zinc8 Energy Solutions.

Ron MacDonald of Zinc8 Energy Solutions extols the benefits of his company’s electricity storage system

September 23rd, 2020

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Zinc8 Energy Solutions wins NYC Carbon Neutrality Innovation Challenge, considers Indian JV opportunities

September 22nd, 2020

by Greg Klein | Updated September 22, 2020

A New York award follows closely on an agreement to discuss joint venture opportunities with an Indian manufacturing company.

The only energy storage system included among four winners, Zinc8 Energy Solutions CSE:ZAIR won the designation in the New York City Department of Buildings Carbon Neutrality Innovation Challenge. With the goal of increasing energy efficiency, winners “will be supported for inclusion in the 2020 NYC Building Code,” Zinc8 stated. The Department of Buildings regulates over a million buildings and construction sites across the city.

Zinc8 Energy Solutions ponders JV opportunities with Indian electrical manufacturer

Contestants submitted a wide range of design, construction and technology proposals which were evaluated for their feasibility, impact and innovation, the company added.

Zinc8’s zinc-air energy storage system is designed to deliver power ranging from 20 kW to 50 MW for eight or more hours, scaleable for individual buildings, microgrids and utilities. The system stores electricity in zinc particles, avoiding the expensive battery minerals lithium, vanadium and cobalt.

“NYC is a global leader in sustainable innovation, and we are pleased to join the Department of Buildings in its mission of carbon neutrality for all of the citizens of New York City,” said Zinc8 president/CEO Ron MacDonald.

Zinc8’s system has already been attracting New York attention. Last January the New York Power Authority, the country’s largest public power organization, selected the zinc-air system out of more than 60 competitors for a commercial or industrial demonstration facility. In March Digital Energy Corp chose Zinc8 to install a 100 kW/1.5 MWh storage system at a Brooklyn combined heat and power plant. New York interest prompted Zinc8 to create a U.S. subsidiary.

The NYC Department of Buildings award follows the previous day’s announcement that Zinc8 is discussing joint venture opportunities in India. Under an agreement in principle with Vijai Electricals, the companies will consider JV possibilities including the manufacture of components for Zinc8’s energy storage system as well as deployment of the system in India.

With 47 years of experience, Vijai claims a significant role in global market development of amorphous metal core distribution transformers. The company has also manufactured extra-high voltage transformers up to 400 kilo-volts/315 mega volt-amps and the world’s highest voltage class transformers, 1,200 kV/333 MVA. Vijai also manufactures conductors as well as aerial bunched cables, and plans to move into smart metering applications.

“Vijai is happy to work with Zinc8, a pioneer in cost-effective battery energy storage systems (BESS) for longer durations,” said Vijai chairperson Dasari Jai Ramesh. “For countries like India which need round-the-clock renewable energy systems, it is expected that Zinc8 BESS would fill the need in an effective way.”

Earlier this month Zinc8 closed a private placement of $1.4 million.

Read How to overcome raw material cost and supply security challenges, an op-ed by Ron MacDonald.

Zinc8 Energy Solutions ponders JV opportunities with Indian electrical manufacturer

September 21st, 2020

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Meet the Zimtu teams

September 3rd, 2020

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event

by Greg Klein | September 3, 2020

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event

 

Their projects span early exploration to advanced development. Their goals include base, precious and critical minerals, but also extend to technology and energy. A wide range of potential comes to the fore on September 10, when Zimtu Capital TSXV:ZC presents a Zoom conference highlighting eight of its colleague companies.

Below we offer an overview of each company. But first here’s how to take part.

To attend, RSVP MPatience@Zimtu.com.

The event takes place September 10 at 8 a.m. Vancouver/Pacific time, 11 a.m. Toronto/Eastern time, 5 p.m. Frankfurt/Central European time.

Click this link to connect.

If prompted, enter meeting ID 868 2490 1684 and meeting passcode 679221.

To take part by phone, dial by location:

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Meeting ID: 868 2490 1684

Click here to find your local number.

 

And here are the companies

 

Arctic Star Exploration TSXV:ADD

Promising geology and proven methodology will come together at Arctic Star Exploration’s (TSXV:ADD) Diagras project in the Northwest Territories’ diamondiferous Lac de Gras region. Currently holding 40% of a joint venture, the company intends to assume operation and increase its ownership when spring offers optimum work conditions.

In addition to drilling, Arctic Star’s plans include gravity and electromagnetic surveys on seven of the property’s 21 known kimberlites. The gravity/EM approach follows that of Kennady Diamonds, which successfully employed the methodology on its Kennady North project two kilometres away. In 2018 Kennady North was acquired by Mountain Province Diamonds TSX:MPVD, De Beers’ JV partner on the adjacent Gahcho Kué mine. Gravity and EM have so far found five drill targets at Diagras.

Arctic Star’s 100%-held Timantti diamond project in Finland hosts nine known diamondiferous kimberlites. With some 150 kilograms of samples ready for processing, ground work is expected to resume once pandemic conditions allow.

Read more about Arctic Star Exploration.

 

Ares Strategic Mining TSXV:ARS

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event

Once re-opened, Lost Sheep will be
America’s only producing fluorspar mine.

The U.S. currently imports its entire supply of this critical mineral but Ares Strategic Mining TSXV:ARS plans to change that soon by opening the country’s only fluorspar operation. Production at Utah’s Lost Sheep mine could begin this autumn without de-risking through successive PEA and feasibility studies, but with the apparent confidence of the Mujim Group. The multinational fluorspar mining and distribution company visited the property earlier this year prior to buying a 9% stake in Ares.

Three of five exploration holes found visible fluorspar, while assays have just been released from 12 holes totalling 900 metres of delineation drilling. Results show high grades over wide intervals from near-surface and at-surface intercepts. Metallurgical tests have upgraded Lost Sheep material above 97% CaF2, achieving the level of higher-priced acidspar.

Ares also holds the Liard fluorspar project in northern British Columbia. Seven areas of the highway-accessible 476-hectare property host historic, non-43-101 estimates.

Read more about Ares Strategic Mining.

September 9 update: Ares launches this summer’s second drill program at Lost Sheep.

 

Commerce Resources TSXV:CCE

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event

Well-understood host minerals, distribution of magnet
feed elements and a friendly jurisdiction distinguish
Commerce Resources’ RE-fluorspar project.

Few if any elements dominate concern about critical minerals like rare earths. That places all the more focus on Commerce Resources’ (TSXV:CCE) Ashram deposit, an advanced-stage Quebec project that also hosts one of the world’s largest fluorspar resources. While working towards pre-feasibility, the company has metallurgical studies advancing on a number of levels, benefiting not only Ashram but the creation of supply chains independent of China. The deposit’s carbonatite-hosted mineralization and relatively simple monazite, bastnasite and xenotime mineralogy complement conventional rare earths processing. Metallurgy has also upgraded Ashram’s fluorspar content to higher-priced acidspar.

Ashram also features a strong presence of high-demand magnet feed elements neodymium, praseodymium, dysprosium and terbium. Work is underway to upgrade the 2012 resource that used a 1.25% cutoff to show:

  • measured and indicated: 29.27 million tonnes averaging 1.9% total rare earth oxides and 2.94% fluorine

  • inferred: 219.8 million tonnes averaging 1.88% TREO and 2.21% F

The deposit starts at surface.

Looking at other critical minerals, Commerce also holds the advanced-stage Blue River tantalum-niobium deposit in southern British Columbia.

Read more about Commerce Resources.

September 10 update: Saville Resources, Commerce Resources find more fluorspar in re-assayed core from Quebec niobium-tantalum project.

 

Core Assets Corp CSE:CC

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event

Historic results, more recent sampling and a
greater understanding of regional geology prompted
Core Assets’ major land expansion in B.C.

Determined to become a major explorer in northwestern British Columbia’s Golden Triangle, Core Assets Corp CSE:CC started trading in July, then began September with a nine-fold property expansion. The inspiration for boosting its Blue and Silver Lime holdings to 14,815 hectares comes from continual advancements in the understanding of porphyry, skarn and carbonate replacement-type deposits globally and in the Triangle itself.

The new ground covers the Llewelyn fault zone, which the company believes to be the main transport corridor for high-grade metals found on the property at surface. An historic, non-43-101 drill hole at Blue reached 0.27% copper over 173.2 metres. Grab samples from 2018 graded up to 1.57 g/t gold, 46.5 g/t silver and 8.46% copper.

The 2018 grab samples from never-drilled Silver Lime included 1.16 g/t gold, 913 g/t silver, 12.45% zinc and 20% lead. Core’s regionally experienced team plans a regional magnetic survey over the property.

Watch an interview with the Core Assets team.

 

Dimension Five Technologies CSE:DFT

Creating high-value products, even energy, from waste materials is the goal of Aduro Energy, now subject of an LOI for a reverse takeover by Dimension Five Technologies CSE:DFT. Founded in 2012, Ontario-based Aduro has developed a smart chemistry approach using three water-based technologies to transform diverse feedstocks that include renewable oils as well as waste plastics, foams and rubber. The result can be new plastics, foams, hydrocarbon fuels or specialty chemicals.

Aduro has its three areas of technology—trademarked as Hydrochemolytic Plastics Upgrading, Hydrochemolytic Renewables Upgrading and Hydrochemolytic Bitumen Upgrading—now undergoing demonstration and commercialization stages.

Learn more about Aduro Energy.

 

Emerita Resources TSXV:EMO

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event

Despite extensive previous mining, Aznalcollar
hosts an impressive historic base metals estimate.

Most of Spain’s bullion came from the New World but Emerita Resources TSXV:EMO believes there’s untapped gold-silver potential on its Paymogo polymetallic project. Located amid former and current operations in southern Spain’s Iberian Pyrite Belt, Paymogo’s Romanera deposit hosts an historic, non-43-101 estimate of 34 million tonnes averaging 0.42% copper, 2.2% lead, 2.3% zinc, 44.4 g/t silver and 0.8 g/t gold.

Eight kilometres away, Paymogo’s Infanta area has historic, non-43-101 reports of high-grade copper-lead-zinc-silver intervals. While preparing an exploration permit application, Emerita is compiling data from 51 holes at Romanera and 48 at Infanta for a digital database to guide another round of drilling.

The company also awaits a court decision regarding a disputed tender for the Aznalcollar zinc-lead past-producer on the same Iberian belt. In May Emerita signed a binding letter agreement to earn a 55% interest in the Sierra Alta gold property in northern Spain. Company assets also include a 50% JV interest in the Plaza Norte zinc project near Spain’s northern coast.

Read more about Emerita Resources.

September 9 update: Emerita releases historic assays prior to drilling Paymogo.

 

Saville Resources TSXV:SRE

Eight companies offer eight opportunities at one online event

Saville outperformed historic intercepts with its
Phase I drill program on the Niobium Claim Group in Quebec.

Two kilometres from Commerce Resources’ Ashram RE-fluorspar deposit, another company explores for other critical minerals—niobium and tantalum. Working on a 75% earn-in from Commerce, Saville Resources TSXV:SRE has also found fluorspar potential on the early-stage Niobium Claim Group.

Saville sunk five holes last year in a promising Phase I campaign on the property’s Mallard prospect. Along with historic results, three drill programs total 14 holes and 3,537 metres on Mallard. Each program surpassed its predecessor for grades and widths while expanding three zones of mineralization that remain open in all directions. Encouraging historic drill results have also come from the project’s Northwest and Star Trench prospects. Yet to be drilled are other high-priority areas, especially Miranna where high-grade boulder samples have reached an exceptional 5.93% Nb2O5.

The property’s host rock predominates in pyrochlore-group minerals and/or ferrocolumbite, amenable to familiar processing methods as the world’s main source of niobium supply.

September 10 update: Saville Resources, Commerce Resources find more fluorspar in re-assayed core from Quebec niobium-tantalum project.

 

Zinc8 Energy Solutions CSE:ZAIR

Intermittent green electricity, grid backup and off-grid supply call for long-term electrical storage. Zinc8 Energy Solutions CSE:ZAIR has made inroads into New York by offering a low-cost, reliable approach.

The company’s system stores electricity in zinc particles, avoiding expensive battery minerals like lithium, vanadium and cobalt. When the storage system provides electricity, zinc particles combine with oxygen. When the system recharges, the zinc particles are regenerated and oxygen is returned.

Storage can be scaled from 20 kW to megawatts, making Zinc8’s system suitable for microgrids and utilities. The latter have already shown interest. 

In January the New York Power Authority, America’s largest public power organization, selected the Zinc8 system out of more than 60 contenders for a commercial or industrial demonstration facility. Two months later Digital Energy Corp chose Zinc8 to install a 100 kW/1.5 MWh storage system at a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Brooklyn. Buoyed by New York interest, Zinc8 has since created a U.S. subsidiary.

Read an op-ed by Zinc8 president/CEO Ron MacDonald.

 

The Zoom with Zimtu event takes place September 10 at 8 a.m. Vancouver/Pacific time, 11 a.m. Toronto/Eastern time, 5 p.m. Frankfurt/Central European time. Click here and learn how to attend.

 

Energy storage

July 29th, 2020

It’s key to carbon-neutrality. But how to overcome raw material cost and supply security challenges?

by Ron MacDonald | July 29, 2020

The development of new, clean energy sources is of vital importance for a sustainable society. As the world, collectively, is increasingly pushing aside non-renewable sources such as natural gas, oil and coal, we look to clean energy sources such as hydro, wind and solar generation. However, in order to support the economics of renewables, energy storage allows for the capture of energy produced at one time for use at a later time and is the key to ensuring a carbon-neutral world.

It’s key to carbon-neutrality. But how to overcome raw material costs and supply security?

The total energy storage market is expected to grow to $546 billion in annual revenue by 2035, according to a report released by Lux Research. In the United States, the market value is forecast to increase from $720 million today to $5.1 billion in 2024 according to market research firm Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, with the U.S. already seeing a 93% increase in the energy storage systems deployed in the third quarter of 2019.

Decreasing costs in accessible technologies have driven interest in energy storage forward like never before. For example, the price of lithium batteries has fallen by nearly 80% over the past five years, allowing for more integration of energy storage into solar power systems. Even more affordable than lithium is zinc. Zinc-air batteries empower the lowest cost of energy storage in the market for long-duration applications, resolving the intermittent and unpredictable nature of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar at an economic price.

Lithium-ion cells lose their charge over time, whereas zinc-air batteries maintain their full charging capacity for the up to 20-year lifecycle of the battery. Zinc-air energy storage systems are capable of economically storing energy from eight hours to 100-plus hours. This is considerably longer than the four-to-six-hour upper economic limit for lithium-ion. The lithium-ion battery costs flatten out at six hours, while zinc-air battery costs per kWh installed become even more cost-effective over longer durations.

A look at energy storage during and beyond COVID-19

Ron MacDonald: “Zinc is abundant in North
America and its price has been very stable
over the past 20 years. All of the other major
components of the zinc-air battery are also
available in North America.”

The growth of the energy storage market is driven by the growing demand for high-capacity, safe, cost-effective and eco-friendly energy storage solutions. The global metal-air battery market size is estimated to grow from US$438 million in 2020 to US$842 million by 2025, growing at a CAGR of 14%, reports ResearchAndMarkets.com, which segments the market into zinc-air, lithium-air, aluminum-air and iron-air.

Dependence on a supply chain of hardware components, metals and chemicals, many of which come from outside North America, is a challenge for the growing energy storage industry. Metals such as lithium, vanadium, rare earths and cobalt used today in many energy storage batteries are impacted by price volatility, geopolitical concerns, security of supply, as well as coronavirus-related supply chain disruptions. Those same risks do not apply to zinc energy flow batteries.

Countries that are major producers of raw materials required for battery production have been subject to strict restrictions to control the spread of the virus. For example, Australian lithium production companies have set up strict guidelines for businesses in the industry in terms of long-distance travel restrictions. In contrast, zinc is abundant in North America and its price has been very stable over the past 20 years. All of the other major components of the zinc-air battery are also available in North America, providing a low-cost, robust and safe energy storage solution that has not been impacted by the pandemic. Zinc-air batteries offer a homegrown solution supporting the transition to a cleaner, greener post Covid-19 world.

 

Ron MacDonald is president/CEO of Zinc8 Energy Solutions CSE:ZAIR, the leader in zinc-air battery technology. The Zinc-Air Flow Battery from Zinc8 is an energy storage unit designed to serve a wide range of long-duration applications for microgrids and utilities. He can be reached at ron@zinc8energy.com and on LinkedIn.

Read Keeping the Lights On by Ron MacDonald.

Watch an online presentation from Zinc8 Energy Solutions.

Ron MacDonald of Zinc8 Energy Solutions discusses the advantages of his company’s electricity storage system

July 13th, 2020

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Zinc8 Energy Solutions builds on New York connections with new U.S. subsidiary

June 4th, 2020

by Greg Klein | June 4, 2020

Following the announcement of two projects in the energy-hungry American northeast, this Vancouver-headquartered company has created a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary. On June 4 Zinc8 Energy Solutions CSE:ZAIR unveiled Zinc8 Energy Solutions (USA) Inc.

Zinc8 Energy Solutions builds on New York connections with new U.S. subsidiary

A seemingly insatiable appetite for
electricity characterizes New York City.

“Our recent New York project announcements and our acceptance into the ACRE Incubator program at the Urban Future Lab have clearly demonstrated that the government and businesses of New York state are the right partners to develop the U.S. market for our technology,” said CEO Ron MacDonald.

“Our decision to establish our U.S. presence in New York state is a logical next step as we advance towards full commercialization over the next 24 months.”

In January the company’s proprietary energy storage technology was chosen out of more than 60 contestants for a New York Power Authority demo facility. In March Zinc8 signed an agreement with Digital Energy Corp to install a 100 kW/1.5 MWh storage system in Brooklyn. Last month’s entry into the ACRE Incubator at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering benefits Zinc8 with a program that supports early-stage clean-tech companies.

Zinc8 describes its technology as a zinc-air regenerative fuel cell that’s scaleable from 20 kW to 50 MW for durations of eight hours or more, offering a cost-effective alternative to the fixed power/energy ratio of lithium-ion batteries. Applications can range from microgrids to utilities.

Read an op-ed by Zinc8 CEO Ron MacDonald: A look at energy storage during and beyond COVID-19.

Zinc8 Energy Solutions makes additional New York climate change connections

May 7th, 2020

by Greg Klein | May 7, 2020

A company with proprietary energy storage technology has made further inroads into New York state. Zinc8 Energy Solutions CSE:ZAIR has been accepted into the ACRE Incubator Program, an initiative supporting early-stage venture clean-tech companies. ACRE comprises the flagship program of the Urban Future Lab at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. ACRE’s funding comes from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, NYU and corporate partners.

Zinc8 Energy Solutions makes additional New York climate change connections

Long-term storage units from Zinc8’s Vancouver
facility will provide energy for New York state.
(Photo: Zinc8 Energy Solutions)

“New York state has been a driving force in the advancement of our patented zinc-air technology toward full commercialization,” said Zinc8 president/CEO Ron MacDonald. Joining ACRE offers the company “unmatched access to strategic advice, introductions to industry stakeholders, marketing and branding support, investor networks, and access to a community of like-minded founders. We look forward to this unique opportunity of strengthening and accelerating our ambitions by working alongside some of the world’s most exciting new clean-tech companies, technology innovators and industry experts.”

The company’s zinc-air regenerative fuel cell offers long-term electricity storage scaleable from 20 kW to 50 MW for durations of eight hours or more, making it suitable for both microgrids and utilities. Energy storage capacity is determined only by the size of the zinc storage tank, making the unit a cost-effective, scaleable alternative to the fixed power/energy ratio of lithium-ion batteries, Zinc8 explains.

The system stores electricity in zinc particles instead of relying on the battery minerals lithium, vanadium or cobalt, which face higher costs along with supply chain challenges. Zinc particles combine with oxygen while the system delivers electricity. When the system recharges, the zinc particles are regenerated and oxygen is returned.

Zinc8 already has two projects underway to install its storage units in New York. Last March Zinc8 announced an agreement with Digital Energy Corp to install a 100 kW/1.5 MWh system in Brooklyn.

The previous January, Zinc8’s unit was chosen for a demo facility in western New York by the state’s largest public electricity utility, the New York Power Authority.

Read A look at energy storage during and beyond COVID-19, by Ron MacDonald.

Keeping the lights on

May 4th, 2020

A look at energy storage during and beyond COVID-19

by Ron MacDonald | May 4, 2020

A look at energy storage during and beyond COVID-19

Environmental sustainability places increasing emphasis
on energy storage for residential, commercial and industrial uses.

 

Despite the wrecking ball that the pandemic has imposed on the global economy, businesses and residences continue to need reliable power. Since the discovery of electricity, we have sought effective methods to store that energy for use on demand. Over the last century, the energy storage industry has advanced, adapted and transformed in response to shifting energy requirements and advances in technology.

A look at energy storage during and beyond COVID-19

Intermittent generation and off-grid
consumption both call for energy storage.

Our global initiative to control the coronavirus has meant many residents stayed at home and factories shut down. That had an unintended effect—less air pollution. Cleaner air can improve public health, maybe even save lives.

Energy storage can help us maintain a cleaner world by creating the economics needed to support more investment into clean, green renewable energy. Due to concerns about the environmental impacts of fossil fuels and the capacity and resilience of energy grids around the world, engineers and policymakers are increasingly turning their attention to energy storage solutions.

The global rise in electricity generation from renewable sources has led to increased demand for advanced batteries that can be used to firm this intermittent supply. This requirement is particularly important in areas where grid connections may be tenuous, unreliable or even non-existent. Additional demand for advanced batteries is presented by grid applications such as peak-shifting and T&D (Transmission and Distribution) deferral.

Energy storage systems provide a wide array of technological approaches to managing our power supply in order to create a more resilient energy infrastructure and bring cost savings to utilities and consumers.

Demand for the more traditional battery backup application is also increasing for reasons such as the desire to replace diesel generators and the increasing reliance of business on a dependable energy source. Without batteries, solar panels and wind turbines become useless when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow. Batteries allow the use of electricity whenever it’s needed, not only when it’s generated.

A look at energy storage during and beyond COVID-19

Ron MacDonald: “One of the challenges to
growing a North American energy storage
industry has been a dependency on a
supply chain of hardware components,
metals and chemicals, many of which
come from outside North America.”

MarketsandMarkets’ study COVID-19 Impact on Battery Energy Storage Market states the market is projected to grow from US$5.7 billion in 2020 to US$7.3 billion by 2021. The study adds that the “major factors driving the battery energy storage industry include the growing need for continuous power for critical infrastructure sectors and the rising need to integrate renewable energy sources and rural electrification.”

One of the challenges to growing a North American energy storage industry has been a dependency on a supply chain of hardware components, metals and chemicals, many of which come from outside North America. As well, metals such as lithium and vanadium used in some batteries are impacted by price volatility and security of supply.

However, those same risks do not apply to zinc-air batteries. Zinc is abundant and inexpensive, with a significant North American supply. Its chemistry is robust and safe. Our zinc-air battery has decoupled energy and power, making it one of the lowest-cost long-duration battery storage solutions available.

Post-pandemic, there is no doubt that our collective future requires clean air and our pathway to that environmentally sound planet demands energy storage systems. A “bet” on energy storage is a wager that will deliver a cleaner planet that will thrive for current and future generations.

Ron MacDonald is president/CEO of Zinc8 Energy Solutions CSE:ZAIR, the leader in zinc-air battery technology. The Zinc-Air Flow Battery from Zinc8 is an energy storage unit designed to serve a wide range of long-duration applications for microgrids and utilities. He can be reached at ron@zinc8energy.com and on LinkedIn.