nantenergy announces rechargeable zinc-air battery …
Known technology type: Zinc-air batteries.
The goal is to provide a battery that can capture and store renewable energy for later use. El Segundo-
The company, which is based in Nantian Energy, announced on Wednesday that it has produced a rechargeable zinc
Air battery storage system that can provide power at a lower cost than lithiumion batteries.
Patrick Soon, chairman of NantEnergy, said the technology has been deployed in more than 110 villages to serve 200,000 people in the community who do not have other electricity supplies
He is also the owner of the Los Angeles Times.
\"If you look at a map of the Earth at night, you will see its darkest places in Africa, Asia and developing countries,\" soon --Shiong said.
\"It is critical to reduce costs and compete with fossil fuels.
\"The company is working hard to develop alternatives to lithium --ion or lead-
Acid batteries, usually used for energy storage, are designed to create a cheaper, greener product.
Nantian Energy says its zinc
Air battery systems provide $100 of energy per kilowatthour.
\"Today, the only battery in this price range is lead-
Krishnan, Roma Kuma, chief technology officer, NantEnergy.
In contrast, lithium
The price of ion batteries varies, but usually between $300 and $500 per kilowatt
According to the Energy Storage Association, an hour later.
Companies like Tesla have been pushing to lower battery prices to $100 to $200 per kilowatt --hour.
\"It would be great if it was true,\" Jay Whitaker, director of Wilson E.
The Scott Institute for Energy Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University said about the efforts of Southern day energy.
\"If these people are even close to the price of $100 per kilowatt --
Hours, it\'s exciting and disruptive.
If you can do that, what you end up with is a very economical technology that can be used in many ways.
Whitacre says he wants to see data on battery performance.
\"It\'s not just how much it costs when you buy it, it\'s how long it lasts,\" Whitacre said . \".
\"I have no reason to think it doesn\'t work, but I also need to see some evidence to back up those claims.
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Krishnan did not immediately provide performance data for the battery to support the claim of NantEnergy.
The company is deploying batteries to remote villages to build a \"micro-grid\", a localized power source that will power without connecting to a traditional utility grid
The micro-grid is powered by solar panels, which can get energy from the sun when the sun shines.
The electricity of the solar panel is used to separate zinc oxide into zinc and oxygen, and the zinc produced in the process stores energy that can be used when the sky is dark or cloudy.
The energy in zinc can be combined with air to discharge.
The batteries are rechargeable and are designed to charge for a few days, says Krishnan.
Over the past few years, he said, they have gone through thousands of cycles.
In contrast, lithium
Venkat srinfeld, director of Argonne energy storage Science Cooperation Center, Argonne National Laboratory, said ion batteries can last thousands of cycles with an average life span of more than 10 years.
Even on a global scale, compared to the scale of lithium, the current power that NantEnergy provides is very small. ion and lead-
Krishnan admitted that acid batteries.
55 MW has been installed in southern days-
Storage time compared to about 10 gigawatts
He said the world has deployed energy reserves for several hours.
Duke Energy spokesman Randy Wells said Duke Energy is using a storage system from NantEnergy to power the communications tower of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Authority.
In the past, there were 24 poles and lines to serve customers. Due to the remote location, the price was expensive and the time was tight.
Whe said it was consumed in order to fix the interruption.
The concept of micro-grid enables Duke to disconnect customers from the grid.
Utilities across the United States are deploying energy storage systems as part of their infrastructure, often to capture clean but unstable renewable energy from sunlight and wind.
Military bases and small communities that often use lithium
Ion batteries, especially the micro-grid found in islands or remote areas, said Jason Burwen, vice president of the Energy Storage Association. Zinc-
Air batteries are less common and companies engaged in air batteries are still in their early stages, Burwen said.
The challenges, says srinkle of Argonne, include developing rechargeable batteries, long enough life and providing enough power density.
South Energy zinc-
Mobile phone towers in the United States and Southeast Asia are also using air storage systems.
Nannan said that NantEnergy, formerly known as fluid energy, plans to open a battery manufacturing plant in California in 2019. 1:45 p. m.
: This article has been updated with additional information and comments on Krishnan, Whitaker, Giovanni and Wheeless.
The article was originally published at 11: 40. m.