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November 15, 2018 3:00 PM, EST

ZAF Opens Nickel-Zinc Battery R&D Facility in Montana

Battery technologies developer ZAF Energy Systems has announced the opening of a research and development facility in Bozeman, Mont., according to a Nov. 13 press release. Scientists and engineers at the 8,000-square-foot facility are developing nickel-zinc technologies with an emphasis on performance improvements and cost reduction.

The facility complements ZAF’s 35,000-square-foot production facility in Joplin, Mo., which opened in October 2017. The Bozeman facility is located near Montana State University and will partner with the school on advanced research.

“Our proximity to and partnership with the top talent at Montana State University’s Energy Research Institute will enable ZAF to stay at the forefront of battery technologies,” ZAF CEO Randy Moore said in the statement.

Nickel-zinc batteries like those in development by ZAF have potential uses in applications such as automotive, heavy trucking, remote telecom, renewable energy and marine fields. They provide an affordable alternative to their traditional lead-acid counterparts while having a lower impact on the environment, according to the release.