Zinc Battery Materials

Markets & Applications 

ZBM

PRIMARY ALKALINE

(Zn-MnO2) Batteries from LR61 (AAAA) to LR20 (D)

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PRIMARY MINIATURES

Button cells (Zn-Air, Zn-Ag2O, Zn-MnO2) -> Hearing aids, watches, electronics

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PRIMARY INDUSTRIAL BATTERIES 

(Zn-Air) -> agriculture, rail, road

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RECHARGEABLE ENERGY STORAGE

(Zn-Air, Zn-Ni, Zn-MnO2) -> e-bike, e-scooter, EV, e-bus, remote/stationary

Our Products 

  • Air atomization (“blown zinc”) : Shanghai
  • Centrifugal atomization (spinning disk or “spin zinc”) : Overpelt
  • All Hg-, Pb-, Cd- free
  • High purity (SSHG or “Battery grade”) zinc alloyed with Bi and/or In and/or Al
  • Low Gasing (long life), high energy, tailored to battery demand profile
  • Applicable in primary and rechargeable batteries
  • Indirect (French) process : Eijsden
  • High purity (SHG) “Pharma” grades
  • Tailored specific surface, high dispersibility
  • Applicable in primary (as additive) and rechargeable (as negative anode material) batteries

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The Future of Batteries

The market for electric energy storage is booming

Electric vehicles sales world-wide are expected to grow from 2.5mio in 2015 to 7.5mio by 2025. Stationary applications (off-grid communities, microgrid residences, data centers, telecom) should grow to a 30bio USD, 20GWh business by 2025.

Lithium Ion will meet its limits

Not only lithium, but also nickel and especially cobalt will become a scarce and sometimes controversial (not sustainable) resource with issues of recycling and mounting material cost.

The zinc technologies are “charging” ahead

The applications are coming, from bikes and scooters (2kWh) to buses (200kWh) to stationary (MWh). Zinc-nickel might be preferred in power applications (UPS); zinc-air in load management for off-grid integrated with solar; zinc-manganese perhaps also (and scooters).