Industry, California, the U.S. March 31, 2005) ¨C Joining world¡¯s leading zinc
producers, International Zinc Association and International Lead and Zinc
Research Organization, Powerzinc Electric, Inc. is one of the founders Zinc
Energy Storage Technologies Consortium (ZEST), which was launched in March 3,
2005 at a facility of Teck Cominco Metals Ltd. As one of the founders,
Powerzinc has sent its delegates to attend this meeting.
is to promote zinc energy storage technologies worldwide. Brought forward by
Powerzinc, members agreed that initial focus of ZEST should be electric city
transit bus market in Asia. Powerzinc has been co-developing zinc air fuel cell
all electric city transit bus according to instructions given by MOST of China.
The bus aims to serve the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. All participatants of ZEST
meeting agreed that this project will be the cornerstone for worldwide promotion
of zinc energy storage technologies.
The theme of the
Games will be a ¡°Green Olympics¡± and is going to serve as a platform for the
Chinese government demonstrating its commitment and progresses on electric
vehicle development as a part of effort of improving the global environment. At
least 1,000 zero emission buses are to be ordered for this event,
in addition to up to 18,000 clean energy buses.
Because of technical issues on hydrogen fuel cells, especially low
price-performance ratio, it cannot be marketed in the next 10 years. All other
storage battery technologies, such as lithium, nickel-metal hydride and
lead-acid, are not suitable for EVs because of low specific energies. I
are bidding to put 1000 such buses forward and will have their prototype on show
zinc air fuel cell has existed for a long time and its challenges lie in
reducing costs, increasing power and convenient refueling. Powerzinc has been
able to achieve all three thanks to its unique positioning and technology
achievements. Because of patented fuel cell structure, Powerzinc¡¯s fuel cells
can be refueled quickly and conveniently. Also, because of its unique technology
achievements, DQFC zinc air fuel cells have high power and low cost. It is the
most cost effective EV power.
long-term zinc air fuel cell bus partner, the First Auto Work Wuxi Bus and Coach
Works (FAW) are co-developing a demo zinc air fuel cell bus targeting on the
Olympic Games. The bus is expected to complete by the end of April. FAW is also
one of the candidate suppliers of 18,000 clean energy buses for this event as
well. Zinc air fuel cell has advantages of high energy density, high specific
power and low cost. It is far better than any other type of battery technologies
and more feasible than hydrogen fuel cells. In addition, Powerzinc¡¯s zinc air
fuel cell has its unique strength on fast and convenient refuel. A 440 kWh bus
powered by Powerzinc¡¯s ZAFC will have a drive range of over 200 miles with only
30 minuets refueling. It is believed that a Powerzinc¡¯s all electric city
transit bus is the most economical and feasible choice.
In order to
support Powerzinc in bidding the Beijing Olympic contract, ZEST¡¯s member zinc
producers will contribute their respective resources to control costs of
refueling as well as help to establish refueling infrastructures.
Consortium efforts will
be devoted to providing publicity for the favorable
attributes of the zinc/air vehicle systems and to developing the infrastructure
to supply the appropriate form of zinc to the centers where these first projects
will be pursued.
Consortium inauguration meeting was attended by Canadian zinc manufacturers
Powerzinc and other two battery manufacturers
Electric Fuel Ltd.
PowerGenix; and the International Zinc Association and ILZRO. The ZEST
Consortium includes additional key zinc suppliers.
Powerzinc Electric, Inc. is a California-based Hi-Tech company.
It is dedicated to the research, development, manufacturing and
commercialization of advanced zinc-air fuel cells and entire manufacture
facilities, along with fuel cells refuel service platform. Through years of R&D,
Powerzinc has achieved significant breakthroughs in zinc-air fuel cell
technology and developed the high power, large energy, long-lasting, low cost
and environment-friendly power and energy source. Its innovative products - DQFC
series of zinc-air fuel cells with creative design and process technology is a
totally renewable energy for electric vehicles and various other applications
About Powerzinc Electric
In Shanghai, China, Powerzinc has established a zinc-air fuel
cell manufacturing and service model plant to commercialize the technology and
its products. The plant is ready for commercial-scale production. The Company
has started supplying DQFC series zinc-air fuel cells to manufacturers of
Electric Bicycles and Electric Scooters. In the near future, the new series of
DQFC zinc-air fuel cells for Electric Buses, Defense and Security, Communication
and other applications will be available to the commercial market soon to
real highly growing demand anywhere in the world.