Volume 95 Issue 9 | pp. 21-22
Issue Date: February 27, 2017

Batteries that breathe air

Rechargeable zinc-air batteries are going mainstream, but other metal-air chemistries will have to wait awhile
Department: Business
Keywords: energy storage, batteries, renewable energy, metal-air, zinc, lithium, aluminum, sodium

Last year, zinc-air battery start-up Fluidic Energy installed backup batteries for an array of solar panels in Welay Selatan, a tiny village on the Indonesian island of Alor. The location is remote, a 77-hour drive from Jakarta, including intermittent ferry voyages. The new solar power setup can bring electricity to 52 homes not currently connected to the grid.

The scene isn’t unique. So far, the Scottsdale, Ariz., firm has deployed 22 MWh of battery storage . . .

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