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ZAF Energy nickel zinc battery in field testing with truck manufacturer

ZAF Energy Systems Inc. (ZAF), developer of a rechargeable Nickel Zinc (NiZn) battery, announced that it is in field testing with a leading US manufacturer of commercial trucks, buses, and defense vehicles. The testing began in Q1 2017 with ZAF passing the manufacturer’s rigid battery performance testing requirements and is currently in field tests that will end in the third quarter of 2017.

The field tests will put the NiZn batteries through real world operational situations such as high-temperature use, regenerative braking, and extended use in a Class 8 sleeper truck.

During the testing, four ZAF NiZn batteries will take on the same workload as the eight lead acid batteries that are typically used in eighteen-wheel commercial long haul trucks. The reduction in the number of batteries translates to an estimated weight savings of 480 pounds.

ZAF’s system also fully supports 10-hour cycles for mandatory rest periods, regenerative braking, removes the need for engine driven accessories, and eliminates the possibility of alternator failures. The NiZn battery also reduces life cycle maintenance costs by 50% due to idle reduction.

ZAF is now heavily engaged with several large multi-national trucking companies, further proving the significant value opportunity we create for our partners and customers through value-added battery solutions. We believe that our battery technology can remove certain barriers from outdated battery chemistries that are impairing the trucking industry to enable the electrification of next generation trucks and drive improved fuel efficiency.

—Dave Wilkins, Chief Strategy Officer of ZAF Energy Systems

ZAF’s nickel-zinc battery weighs significantly less yet yields twice the storage capacity and three times the power of the conventional lead-acid batteries that are used for commercial trucking, start-stop delivery vehicles, and deep-cycle industrial and recreational applications. On a life cost per kilowatt-hour basis, it is half the cost of lead acid.

Comments

Engineer-Poet

No link except to the company web site?  Not even a press release?

I'm wondering exactly HOW alternator failures become a thing of the past.  Even flywheel-integrated permanent magnet alternators can have electronics failures.

Floatplane

I guess they mean that alternator failure is a "non-event" in that the vehicle can keep running on batteries until the next scheduled stop. Obviously they can't prevent alternator failures happening without some redundancy.

Lad

Beware! Over the last few years here have been a rash of claims from a bunch of failed battery companies; so far lithium ion comes out the winner with the best characteristics. NiZn batteries have been around for a while....ZnAir...really?...vapor?

Herman

The company is basically a seller of hallucinogens, in this case Hopium.

They have no manufacvturing at all and have variously operated from small business "suites" and storefronts in Montana. The leadership of the company has transitioned from the original set of technical minds (who wrote the nominally usful handful of patents in their portfolio) to a group of former Eagle Picher managers who were let go under the 2016 restructuring.

They have raised a total of $13.6M in a set of eight equity offerings since 2012; the last one in Feb netted only $75k (all this is abvailable in Form D filings at sec.gov).

While Zn-Air is theoretically feasible and has been the topic of many a glowing experimental result (and subsequent claims of imminent commercialization), this "business" teeters between the realms of overoptimism and outright scam.

For the protection of public treasure and private wealth, I conservatively vote scam.

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