US battery firm, ZAF Energy Systems, has gained investment from Wirtz Manufacturing, a major firm specialising in equipment design and technology for the lead-acid battery market.
The investment is aimed at expanding ZAF’s manufacturing capacity from hundreds of batteries per month to thousands of batteries per month in the ZAF Joplin facility in Missouri, which also produces power sources for medical equipment.
This added capacity will allow ZAF to rapidly seed the market and meet the growing customer demand for its rechargeable nickel-zinc (NiZn) batteries globally.
This investment in a full production line will allow licensing and joint venture partners to validate the quality and throughput of the technology for commercially-scaled factories that are expected to begin buildouts in 2019.
John Wirtz, CEO of Wirtz Manufacturing, said that when experimenting with ZAF electrodes, the firm found it could produce plates at similar production rates as lead-acid technology after seeing the performance improvements and cost savings being delivered by nickel-zinc battery technologies.
ZAF energy systems president and CEO, Randy Moore, said: “The investment from Wirtz, a respected leader and innovator in the battery industry, offers further validation of the company’s NiZn battery technology. As ZAF continues to commercialize our technology it is vital to have a partner like Wirtz.”
ZAF’s batteries are helping to meet customer demands for powerful, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly battery solutions.
“We’re seeing our technology perform well in rigorous battery performance testing by major commercial trucking, telecommunications, and large-scale data storage companies,” Moore added.
“Customers are ready to place orders as soon as our manufacturing capacity is available, and this investment will help us do that. We believe our partnership with Wirtz provides ZAF with best in class manufacturing equipment lines to ensure our quality is both excellent and consistent worldwide.”