NantEnergy, une société californienne détenue par le milliardaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, vient de présenter une batterie zinc-air rechargeable dont le coût devrait être trois fois moins élevé qu'une batterie classique lithium-ion.

>> 03-Oct-2018 "La batterie zinc-air rechargeable moins coûteuse que la lithium-ion" Matthieu Legouge, www.clubic.com

In September 2018 Patrick Soon-Shiong was interviewed on CNBC and declared "I think zinc is the new lithium."  Patrick Soon-Shiong, the Los Angeles based billionaire and CEO of the Nant group of companies (which includes the Los Angeles Times), had recently purchased Fluidic Energy.  Before it was acquired, Arizona-based Fluidic raised north of $150M and spent over a decade developing zinc-air stationary storage batteries. Fluidic was one of a very small number of players in the zinc-air space, and the company is now known as NantEnergy. Click here to watch the CNBC interview with Patrick Soon-Shiong. At AZA, we love that Patrick Soon-Shiong is an advocate for and invested in zinc-air technology. 

 
 
 

The core regenerator and fuel cell module components were manufactured using high volume injection molding. The design for manufacturing of these components was completed at the end of June and transition to tooling and production has proceeded smoothly.
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this system addresses the need for long duration energy storage when coupled with renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.

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Proposed spin-out of ZincNyx into a publicly traded company. MGX Minerals would keep 66% of the spin-out company.

>> 09-Aug-2018 "MGX Minerals announces mass production of zinc air battery fuel cell and charging components" Press Release

 

In October 2018 Bloomberg published this story on the popularity and growth of e-rickshaws in India.  There are currently 1.5 million which have replaced fossil-fuel powered tuk tuks and eleven thousand are added each month. These e-ricks currently run primarily on on lead acid batteries and represent a great opportunity for the AZA Battery which is cheaper, greener and safer than other options.  India is also home to the largest zinc mine on earth...which certainly could help tilt things in favor of zinc.  If you don't feel like reading the article you can check out Bloomberg's one minute video here.