Founded in 2012, e-Zinc is a corporation based in Toronto, Canada that has developed a breakthrough electrochemical technology for storing energy in zinc metal. This affordable, flexible, and long-duration energy storage solution will provide the platform for the world’s energy markets to be fully powered by renewable energy, enabling a zero-carbon energy future. e-Zinc has already completed a $1.5 million commercial feasibility demonstration project awarded by the Government of Canada through Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). e-Zinc has recently raised a significant amount of equity and won several non-dilutive grants to fund the early commercialization of its technology.
e-Zinc’s technology is disruptive because of its ability to provide low-cost energy storage capacity at a capital cost up to 80% less than lithium-ion or other batteries. Its systems can be flexibly designed for applications requiring hours, days, or longer durations of storage, and power capacity ranging from residential (kW) to utility/grid-scale (MW). e-Zinc’s other striking advantages are its long lifetime (usable capacity never fades over time), wide operating temperature range (-30°C to 60°C), fire resistance, and that it is 100% recyclable/reusable at the end of life. The key environmental benefit from applications of this breakthrough technology will be the elimination of greenhouse gases through the replacement of diesel/fossil fuel generation with reliable renewable energy. e-Zinc technology has been demonstrated in a fully integrated and autonomous system combining a 5kW solar array and 1kW/24kWh energy storage system. This project has validated the performance characteristics and competitive advantages of e-Zinc’s technology.