The deployment into a global data center operator with a respected partner such as CPG will send a message that NiZn is a viable solution because of the economic and technical advantages it offers.”
— ZAF Energy Systems Vice President of Business Development Kirk Plautz
A developer of next-generation battery technology, ZAF Energy Systems, and Capitol Power Group, a data center facilities integrator, have together announced their successful implementation of the world’s first nickel-zinc battery retrofit into a data center located in Atlanta, GA.
While CPG has been investigating leading edge battery technology for several years, ZAF proved to be the right NiZn partner based on its extensive expertise in special applications, such as transportation, medical and military.
“The deployment into a global data center operator with a respected partner such as CPG will send a message to the market that NiZn is a viable solution for this application because of the economic and technical advantages it offers,” says ZAF Energy Systems VP of Business Development Kirk Plautz. The data center, uninterpretable power supply, and telecom markets are part of a market segment that is expected to grow from $20B to $38B by 2024, and a primary target market for ZAF’s NiZn technology.
“The replacement of VRLA with NiZn batteries was made seamless with ZAF providing front terminals to match the original form factor. In addition to reducing weight by over 65 percent, ZAF’s NiZn batteries have exhibited proven top-of-class performance through extensive testing. CPG anticipates broad future opportunities to apply ZAF nickel-zinc battery technology based on favorable CapEx, OpEx, lifespan, and minimal environmental impact.” said CPG Vice President Jim Marsh. ZAF’s NiZn batteries have potential uses in a wide range of applications including automotive, heavy trucking, remote telecom, renewable energy, and marine. They are also poised to disrupt the $50 billion conventional lead acid battery market with their ability to provide twice the storage capacity and three times the cycle life of legacy lead acid batteries in a smaller, lighter package. ◊