Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Open House Hosted by Zinc Air Inc

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Though Zinc Air’s first out-of-facility installations of its power-storage batteries are a few months away, the company has been expanding so fast it is housing some of its engineers in a trailer behind its Columbia Falls-area building.

The company currently has 45 employees after hiring half a dozen — many from Montana State University — in the last month.

“A lot of these folks are MSU graduates who have had to leave the state for employment and are now finding jobs back here in Montana,” said Kevin Waldher, vice president of business development.
“They really pump out some high-quality graduates between MSU and Montana Tech, and there’s such a work ethic with people from Montana. It’s nice to bring people back, and they’re hard workers.”

The vice president of manufacturing, John Lowell, is an example of someone excited about the opportunity to work in Montana. He left a $7 billion-a-year company in Toronto to join Zinc Air.
The company is developing cutting-edge, patented battery solutions for storing and generating power. Zinc Air products will help solar, wind and traditional power companies by allowing energy to be distributed when it’s needed, not just when it’s produced.

The company is finalizing its Z20 storage unit and received its second patent last week, “which will greatly improve our energy capacity and cost reduction of our systems,” Waldher said.
In the company’s most recent investor newsletter, a message from Zinc Air president Dave Wilkins summarizes the optimistic outlook at the company:

Zinc Air has methodically and diligently endeavored into the grid storage market. We have assembled the best business, sales, marketing, engineering, electrical and chemical experts from varied industries, including semiconductor, battery and fuel cell, software and electronics and manufacturing.”

The company is looking to begin local installations, its first deployments outside of its own facility, in April 2013. Larger deployments are expected to begin in the third quarter of 2013, Waldher said.
Another recent Zinc Air development is the addition of former CIA director James Woolsey, who has joined the company as chairman of Zinc Air’s senior advisory board.

“Bringing the caliber of someone like Jim Woolsey onto the team takes our industry exposure to another level,” Wilkins wrote in the newsletter. “Jim has been a leader in the renewable industry and provides tremendous insight to the military applications for our technology.”
Zinc Air held a by-invitation open house and plant tour on Thursday.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Zinc Air Inc Leading the Way for Energy Storage

Zinc Air Inc is on the cutting edge of renewable energy and energy storage systems. Renewable Energy World has a company page featuring the Zinc Air Inc information. Visit the page at http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/partner/zinc-air-inc/about

Zinc Air Inc. (ZAI) exists to fulfill Edison’s vision of providing reliable and plentiful storage to the world. We have leveraged simple, clean and efficient energy storage technology which was developed under corporate and the Department of Energy sponsorship. We are bringing our battery to market to fundamentally and permanently change the reliability, stability and efficiency of the existing electrical grid.

Zinc Air has established an impressive intellectual property portfolio with 15 patents pending and five international PTC applications. Recently, the company received notice that its first patent application was allowed, which was critical to our planned cost reductions in the near future. In addition to the filed patents, the company continues to innovate with several additional patent applications in process.

The company’s fundamental patent filings cover all areas including core chemistry, system design and battery operation. Several of our patent applications are inter-locking providing additional security of our entire patent portfolio. The company’s patent strategy is being led by its CTO, Ron Brost, PhD, who headed up Ford’s Fuel Cell Patent Committee for eight years. Ron is working closely with our patent counsel, Brooks Kushman, P.C., to ensure the proper execution of our patent strategy and intellectual property development.

1. Fluid Flow Simulations 4. Electrode model
2. Electrical / Thermal 5. Structural Models
3. Shunt current Modeling 6. Manufacturing
Renewable Energy Sources
Green Energy
Clean Energy
Energy Storage Grid System
Energy Efficiency Resources

Monday, November 12, 2012

Zinc Air Inc: New Video on A Revolutionary Approach to Storing Energy

Zinc Air Inc has developed a revolutionary approach to storing energy and creating renewable energy sources. It is proposed that the energy needs for the world can be reconciled with a combination of RESs and large scale storage solutions. Zinc is a logical cost-effective means to achieve this and will allow regional interests to generate their own grid infrastructure with the natural resources at hand. In particular, ZAI’s Z-20 family of products can meet these needs with both high power and high capacity cells suitable for large-scale deployment on the electrical grid, and provides the lowest-risk path to stable carbon emissions, energy security, and the establishment of a safe means to develop our nation.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Zinc Air Inc Profiled in Bloomberg Business Week

Zinc Air Inc profiled in Bloomberg Business Week

Zinc Air, Inc. focuses on the development of sustainable energy storage solutions for transportation and smart grid applications. It has rights for the zinc-air fuel cell, a mechanically rechargeable zinc-air fuel cell for remote power and transportation applications. The company has a strategic partnership with Juhl Wind Inc. Zinc Air, Inc. was founded in 2009 and is based in Columbia Falls, Montana.

Zinc Air Inc is getting more attention as information about their revolutionary Zinc Air renewable energy storage grid is being released.

5314-A US Highway 2 West
Columbia Falls, MT 59912
United States
Founded in 2009


Monday, October 22, 2012

Zinc Air Inc Producing Grid Storage System

Storage is an invaluable human ability. We store food in places where it won’t rot. We store cherished personal mementos. We store information, in far-reaching digital formats and home file cabinets. And we store energy when we can.

But David Wilkins says, for all our strengths in storing life’s necessities, we are sorely lacking in our ability to store one of our most fundamental forms of energy – electricity – on a large scale. His business, Zinc Air Inc., exists to address that void.

Zinc Air, headquartered in a building on U.S. Highway 2 near Columbia Falls, has brought together an accomplished team of scientists and businessmen who boast the types of resumes that let you know they are serious about what they do.

Together, they are preparing to introduce to the market a grid storage system – a battery – that uses flow battery technology and is capable of storing large amounts of electricity with cost-effective efficiency.

 Zinc Air, a private investor-funded enterprise, currently has 14 full-time employees, not including subcontractors, but both Wilkins and Hayes say that number will grow substantially. Hayes said his company has “a strong bias toward Montana” and would like to keep operations here, noting that “the state government is aware, very aware, of our desires and has been helpful.”

 For more information, go to http://zincairinc.com.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Zinc Air Inc Working with Energy Pioneer Jigar Shah

Jigar Shah pioneered a financing model that's contributed to a recent boom in solar-panel installation. He's now looking to do the same for other clean energy technologies.

In 2003, Shah founded SunEdison, a company that developed a way to build corporate and government solar installations by securing agreements to purchase the resulting electricity. It was acquired for $200 million in 2009. Now he's becoming a partner in a new clean-tech fund, Inerjys, which is raising $1 billion to tackle what Shah views as the biggest obstacle to reducing carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption. He argues that the choke point is not in developing new breakthrough technologies, as some investors believe. Rather, he says, it's in finding "breakthrough deployment" models that would move technologies into widespread commercial use.

Shah says the traditional venture capital model has forced the founders of clean-tech companies to relinquish too much equity in hopes of scaling up and commercializing their breakthroughs. He says that has been a bad situation for all involved: founders become less motivated as their ownership is reduced, and yet this model hasn't given many companies enough capital to make significant progress

At Inerjys, Shah wants to turn his attention to "underappreciated technologies" like Rentricity's. In his most recent position as CEO of Richard Branson's nonprofit climate-change initiative the Carbon War Room, he says, he unearthed hundreds of technologies in more than a dozen sectors that could return their initial investments within two years.

Another example Shah cites is Zinc Air, a Montana-based startup developing a grid-storage battery based on an established chemistry that could be profitable in some regions today. Zinc Air vice president Craig Wilkins says the company is avoiding federal government grants and loan guarantees and plans to market its technology to stand on its commercial merits. He's optimistic as he seeks investment to build the first commercial projects, but he must overcome the poor reputation that clings to battery companies after previous failures. Like Zammataro at Rentricity, he says new financing models for the energy storage market, such as what Shah did for solar at SunEdison, would be a big innovation for him.