PowerGenix, a developer of rechargeable nickel-zinc (NiZn) batteries, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Asian battery manufacturer Amperex Technology (ATL). ATL will become PowerGenix’s partner for the high-volume manufacturing of NiZn batteries.
According to PowerGenix, nickel-zinc is the ideal chemistry for Stop-Start (or is it Start-Stop?) systems. Whatever you call it, the technology, which can improve fuel economy by 10% or more, is rapidly gaining ground. Ford has announced that it intends to make its “Auto Start-Stop” system available on 70% of its North American lineup by 2017.
The environmental challenges of lead-acid manufacturing and disposal are another impetus to the increased use of NiZn batteries.
“This partnership marks a turning point for PowerGenix, Stop-Start automotive and other commercial markets that are searching for a more capable lead-acid battery replacement,” said Robert Kanode, CEO of PowerGenix. “ATL’s ability to manufacture nickel-zinc batteries in high volume is the first step toward NiZn widespread adoption in world markets. ATL’s reputation for engineering excellence and high-volume manufacturing expertise will pave the way for nickel-zinc.”
Hong Kong-based ATL designs and manufactures lithium polymer battery cells and systems for consumer electronics products, and is expanding into the EV and energy storage markets.
“PowerGenix Nickel Zinc is a viable replacement for lead-acid and natural addition to the ATL family of high-performance energy storage products,” said Robert Galyen, CTO of ATL. “We believe nickel-zinc has a great future because of its ability to meet the performance and cost challenges of Stop-Start automobiles and other commercial applications.”