Vancouver, BC-based Zinc8 Energy Solutions Inc. (CSE: ZAIR /FSE: 0E9) today announces the planned deployment of its patented Zinc-air Energy Storage System at the University at Buffalo, a premier, research-intensive public university.
This collaboration with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) marks a first long duration use in New York State and a development that will support further integration of renewable power sources into the grid.
Selection of this site allows for the demonstration of a 100kW/1MWh Zinc-Air Battery Energy Storage System in Buffalo, New York to facilitate the wider use of renewable resources.
Zinc8 won a contract to accelerate the new technology in the Innovation Challenge, a partnership between the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the Urban Future Lab at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering.
The primary functions of the deployment is to provide peak shaving capability by leveling out peaks in electricity consumption, increase campus resiliency and assist in training campus utility staff with new energy storage technology.
Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO, said, “NYPA recognizes the potential for this first-of-its kind clean energy solution, and it is rewarding to see the project begin to take shape.
The collaboration with Zinc8 and the University at Buffalo bodes well for a successful demonstration project that addresses the need for reliability of renewable energy resources and will help achieve New York State’s targets for energy storage.”
“We are very pleased to have the University at Buffalo join in our collaboration with the New York Power Authority to install our 100kW/1MWh Zinc-air Energy Storage System. This is a major milestone for Zinc8 on its path to our full commercialization target in early 2023,” said Zinc8 Energy Solutions President and CEO, Ron MacDonald.
“Our university is very excited to pilot this innovative energy storage system and grateful for our partnership with NYPA and Zinc8,” said Tonga Pham, Associate Vice President of Facilities, University of Buffalo (UB).
“Although the project will mainly be used for peak shaving research, we are also interested in exploring alternative uses, such as emergency back-up for our campus buildings, gaining insight into the life cycle cost for alternative energy sources, and introducing our staff to the latest technology. Initiatives such as this will greatly help UB in our quest to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.”
Zinc8’s energy storage system will be located less than a few hundred feet from the award-winning UB Solar Strand, a project that NYPA and UB completed nearly a decade ago, and the newly relocated GRoW Clean Energy Center (a key part of UB’s climate action education and outreach efforts).
“Quite simply, energy storage is central to America’s modern energy ecosystem,” writes cleantech expert, Ron MacDonald, President & CEO, Zinc8 Energy Solutions in his Grit Daily column. “To reach a net-zero emissions economy, America requires resilient, efficient, and affordable grids.”