PowerGenix Nickel-Zinc Battery Passes Critical Testing for 12V Automotive Use

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Institute of Automotive Technologies Dresden (IAD) Validates Benefits of NiZn Battery Technology for Stop-Start and Auxiliary EV Applications SAN DIEGO, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 2, 2015) – PowerGenix, the leading supplier of high performance, automotive Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) batteries, today announced it has completed a comprehensive product evaluation test plan with Institute of Automotive Mechatronics GmbH (IAM), a part of the Institute of Automotive Technologies Dresden (IAD), at the Technische Universität Dresden (TUD). IAD evaluated NiZn performance capabilities to meet all the requirements of a 12V auxiliary power unit for plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) and all-electric vehicles (EVs), as well as a 12V starter battery for stop-start applications. “The unique cost and performance advantages of NiZn over other advanced chemistries make it an extremely promising alternative for 12V lead-acid batteries in electric vehicles and stop-start applications,” said Professor Bernard Bäker, Managing Director at IAD. “This independent technology assessment is a key step in endorsing NiZn battery performance gains for use in PHEV and EV applications, as well as future stop-start models, for major automotive OEMs.” With up to 200 percent more usable energy and 30 percent lower weight and volume, NiZn offers unique benefits over lead-acid batteries as a replacement for 12V auxiliary systems in PHEVs and EVs. Weight carries a high premium in these vehicle architectures, which in turn imposes limitations on their all-electric driving range capabilities. Furthermore, NiZn contains over 90 percent recyclable materials, with no lead or rare earth metals. Major global auto makers are working towards adopting NiZn for their 12V stop-start vehicle applications, which are one of the most cost-effective and efficient means of optimizing fuel economy. Current estimates put stop-start efficiency improvements at approximately 5 percent, while next generation systems with NiZn may achieve savings as high as 8 percent. With lower weight, significantly improved service life and high sustained charge acceptance, NiZn is an ideal alternative to lead-acid, offering further fuel economy improvements. “European auto makers in particular are pushing the entire industry toward greater electrification through their commitment to sustainable innovation,” said Salil Soman, Vice President of Product Marketing for PowerGenix. “Further, the use of lead-acid batteries in Europe is under a temporary exemption from an EU mandate looking to completely ban the use of lead in automobiles, and will likely be regulated in the future. NiZn is the only viable alternative solution when this legislation changes, and we look forward to working together with our customers to meet the demand for better performing, cost-effective, and non-toxic batteries in this sector.” About PowerGenix PowerGenix is the leading supplier of high-performance, low-cost nickel-zinc batteries for automotive, industrial and stationary storage applications. PowerGenix nickel-zinc batteries are a superior alternative to lead-acid and other advanced chemistries, offering increased performance, greater service life and improved recyclability, which leads to lower costs over their entire service life. For more information, please...

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Blue Earth Energy Power Solutions Announces UPStealth® — Unique Bendable, Lead-Acid Free, Environmentally Safe Battery Backup—Selected by ODOT to Improve Traffic Safety

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in News | 0 comments

UPStealth® Passes Rigorous Oregon Department of Transportation Testing Lab; Installation Set for Dangerous Interchange; Over 35 Other Agencies Adopt UPStealth® Green Technology for Signalized Traffic Intersections   WILSONVILLE, Ore. (PRWEB) March 10, 2015 Blue Earth Energy Power Solutions’ UPStealth® Battery Backup System, an alternative, uninterruptable power supply that bends like Gumby® and just may be the iPhone® of the battery world, will be deployed in Oregon. The UPStealth®, paired with Nickel-Zinc chemistry, can help prevent catastrophes that can occur when winter storms or power failures strike and traffic intersections go dark, crippling mobility and safety of the public; or when vehicles hit the traffic cabinets, creating a risk of electrical shock and hazardous material spills. “The UPStealth®, is the first ever Nickel-Zinc battery backup, that can improve intersection safety and reduce congestion, pollution, transportation costs and worker compensation claims associated with the most dangerous sections of US roads,” says Tim Hysell, Corp Sr. VP technology and program group of Blue Earth, Inc. “We’re excited that the UPStealth® will be a game-changer in the field of traffic management and will enhance the steps toward smart cities all over the world.” Transportation departments adopting the UPStealth® include over 35 agencies in Alabama, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington DC. UPStealth® & Oregon’s Dangerous Biggs Junction, I-84 at US 97 One of the nation’s most rigorous labs, at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), just approved UPStealth® for use at the dangerous Biggs Junction inSherman County, where several highways merge, creating safety hazards and back-up problems. Installation of three UPStealth® Battery Backup Systems is set for this spring and may be considered for some of ODOT’s 1,300 other traffic signals. The UPStealth® Unique Form Factor, Cost Savings and Life of Battery “Other options we looked at were effectively a car battery that tends not to last, so when you really need them to work, they don’t,” says Scott Cramer, traffic signal engineer for ODOT. “The UPStealth® is super flat and fits within the existing traffic signal controller cabinet. We wouldn’t need to spend money on extra equipment to house the backup battery. With less stuff on the street there is less maintenance and less chance it will get hit. There should be less cost and a longer battery life, and that appeals to our retrofit projects.” “It kind of sounded a bit too good to be true,” says Debi Sader, lead traffic operations engineer in Longmont, Colorado. “But after attending a webinar we realized the UPStealth® is not only the correct choice for us because it eliminated the use of a piggyback cabinet, but also did not use the lead-acid batteries which we don’t prefer for safety reasons.” “We recommended UPStealth® to the city of Hillsboro, Oregon, based on its more environmentally-friendly components in case of a cabinet knock-down and sleek design that fits within an existing 330 series cabinet,” says Shaun Quayle, senior engineer for Kittelson & Associates, a transportation, engineering and planning firm. “The low effort approach to maintenance was also appealing. Their knowledgeable support staff was helpful in both the lab test at ODOT, then upon field deployment.” Why UPStealth® is Different ●    Recyclable, eliminating costly disposal issues and reduces carbon footprint. ●    First Nickel-Zinc, lead-acid free UPS/BBS. ●    Patent Pending, bendable form fits inside the existing cabinet. No need to build another....

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Blue Earth Announces Its UPStealth® Nickel Zinc Battery Backup System Passes Rigorous Oregon Department of Transporation Lab Test

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Over 35 Other State and City Agencies Have Adopted UPStealth® Green Technology for Signalized Traffic Intersections HENDERSON, NV–(Marketwired – February 25, 2015) – Blue Earth, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBLU) an alternative/ renewable energy and energy efficiency services company, announced that its proprietary UPStealth® nickel zinc battery backup system passed the Oregon Department of Transportation (“ODOT”) laboratory test, regarded as one of the nation’s most rigorous testing labs. ODOT just approved UPStealth® for use at the dangerous Biggs Junction interchange in Sherman County, OR, where several highways merge. According to ODOT, the intersection ramps are narrow, and heavy vehicles turning onto US 97 cannot stay within the correct lanes, creating a safety hazard and the single largest contributor to the existing back-up problems on the I-84 east and westbound off ramps. Installation of three UPStealth® backup battery systems is set for March and if all goes well, the UPStealth® may be considered for installation at some of ODOT’s 1,300 other traffic signal intersections. Transportation Departments adopting UPStealth® include over 35 agencies in Alabama, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia and Washington DC. Additionally, the UPStealth® has been accepted at various agencies in Ontario, Canada. “Other options we looked at were effectively a car battery that tends not to last, so when you really need them to work, they don’t,” stated Scott Cramer, traffic signal engineer for ODOT. “The UPStealth® is super flat and fits within the existing traffic signal controller cabinet. We wouldn’t need to spend money on extra equipment to house the backup battery. With less stuff on the street there is less maintenance and less chance it will get hit. There should be less cost and a longer battery life, and that appeals to our retrofit projects.” Intersections are recognized as one of the top priority areas of the Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety. According to the FHA, on average every hour, one person dies in an intersection-related car crash in the US. Roughly 25 percent of the fatalities and roughly 50 percent of the injuries occur at intersections. “It’s critical to keep our intersections as safe as possible, but traffic lights can fail due to accidents, machine malfunction, and natural disasters, and many cities do not have backup systems,” says Larry Eggelston, VP Business Development, Marketing and Operations of Blue Earth Energy Power Solutions, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. “The traditional lead-acid options available are not typically environmentally friendly and may have issues of corrosion and are performance challenged in extreme climates. UPStealth® helps to keep traffic lights functioning and safe during a power outage.” There are more than 300,000 signalized traffic intersections1 in the US, but there are other vertical market applications for the UPStealth® such as railroad crossings, freeway ramp monitoring, school zone flashers, evacuation routes and vehicle messenger signs. Other industries that may benefit from our proprietary nickel zinc battery backup technology include data centers, telecommunications, oil and natural gas wells, remote cell towers, risk management services, and demand response systems to decrease energy usage during peak load pricing periods charged by utilities. About Blue Earth EPS Blue Earth Energy Power Solutions, Inc. is a division of Blue Earth, Inc. (BBLU) and is the energy power solutions division for battery backup systems. Blue Earth EPS has fulfilled its original mission by developing and manufacturing the...

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Blue Earth to Purchase Equity Position in PowerGenix With $10 Million Dollar Investment

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Blue Earth Is Granted Additional Exclusive Marketing Rights for Nickel-Zinc Batteries That Utilize the Proprietary Intellectual Property of the Two Companies to Replace Environmentally Unfriendly Lead-Acid Batteries in Key Market Verticals HENDERSON, NV–(Marketwired – September 17, 2014) – Blue Earth, Inc. (BBLU) a renewable energy and energy efficiency services company, announced today that it has entered into a binding letter of agreement to acquire an equity stake in PowerGenix for $10 million payable through a combination of cash and Blue Earth common shares. Reciprocal equity ownership is designed to fund PowerGenix and maximize the working relationship between the two companies. Blue Earth has been granted exclusive marketing rights to use the proprietary PowerGenix Nickel-Zinc (“NiZn”) batteries to produce intelligent digital NiZn batteries using Blue Earth’s proprietary intellectual property for a number of multi-billion dollar market verticals including: Stationary UPS Systems in the Data Center, Military, Telecom, Utility, Renewable Energy, Motor Start-Up, Frequency Regulation, Peak Shaving/Shifting and Demand Shifting market segments. The marketing rights are global for most market verticals. Tim Hysell, Corp. Sr. VP of the Blue Earth Technology and Programs division stated, “We are excited to take advantage of the 5-year working history with NiZn batteries and the PowerGenix Leadership Team. Blue Earth’s commercialized UPStealth battery backup system and its intellectual property, which utilizes NiZn, will forge an accelerated path to product development for many of these new exclusive market verticals. We expect to expand our research and development program significantly to expedite product innovation for the other market verticals utilizing PowerGenix’s proprietary mono-block batteries which have been developed for the rapidly growing start-stop automotive markets.” “After years of development, PowerGenix nickel zinc energy storage solutions have matured. As a result, manufacturers of a wide variety of applications can now take advantage of nickel zinc capabilities to differentiate the performance of their next generation products. However, product development engineers are often challenged to not only design in a high performance battery but also develop Command & Control logic that optimizes the performance and economics of the energy storage system,” commented Robert Kanode, CEO of PowerGenix. “PowerGenix is delighted to join the Blue Earth team!” “We are excited about the new strategic partnership between PowerGenix and Blue Earth, which will expand the deployment of PowerGenix’s unique NiZn technologies from the automotive micro-hybrid and mild-hybrid markets into multiple additional verticals in stationary storage. Blue Earth’s investment validates the importance of NiZn as a more environmentally friendly and lower-cost alternative to Li-ion, and as a more powerful and greener alternative to traditional lead-acid batteries,” commented Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Director of DBL Investors and a Board member of PowerGenix. Dr. Johnny R. Thomas, CEO of Blue Earth stated, “We expect to develop exceptional intelligent digital battery products for very large market verticals as a result of this agreement. It is our expectation that these disruptive products with higher margins than other business units, should generate exceptional long-term value for our shareholders. As PowerGenix achieves forecasted success in start stop and micro hybrid automotive markets, we expect the value of our equity ownership to be an exceptional investment. PowerGenix owns over 100 patents on NiZn chemistry, of which approximately fifty percent have been issued. This strategic relationship allows us to combine our intellectual property with their intellectual property to create disruptive products. Our historical working relationship should allow Blue Earth to introduce...

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Blue Earth and PowerGenix Enter Multi-Year Joint Product Development and International Master Agent Agreements

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Blue Earth’s Intelligent UPStealth(TM) Traffic UPS Systems Incorporating PowerGenix’s Patented Nickel Zinc Battery Technology to Be Adapted for Deployment in Worldwide Multiple Market Verticals HENDERSON, NV –(Marketwired – June 30, 2014) – Blue Earth, Inc. (BBLU) a renewable energy and energy efficiency services company, announced today that it has entered into an International Master Agent Agreement with PowerGenix, the leading developer of high performance Nickel-Zinc (“NiZn”) batteries. The multi-year joint product development and international master agent agreements will adapt Blue Earth’s proprietary, intelligent traffic uninterruptable power supply (“UPS”) systems for use in, worldwide multiple market verticals, including digital data storage and server operations, grid storage, critical transportation operations, city infrastructure and emergency UPS markets. PowerGenix’s patented NiZn battery technology is inherently a high power, high rate capable chemistry that is also ideally suited for grid applications such as frequency and voltage modulation, peak shaving, and Transportation & Distribution (T&D) deferral. The batteries use an inflammable aqueous electrolyte, making them extremely safe and abuse tolerant across a wide temperature range. PowerGenix, headquartered in San Diego, California also has a technology development and product engineering facility in Shenzhen, China that oversees its supply chain and raw material quality control, and provides direct support to its Asian customers. PowerGenix NiZn batteries have been certified by China National Labs and PowerGenix is working with several major automotive OEMs and Tier1 suppliers worldwide on the Stop-Start and Micro-Hybrid markets, including Peugeot and Hella. “Blue Earth’s UPStealth™ intelligent systems and PowerGenix’s advanced Nickel Zinc energy storage systems are complementary technologies driving common marketing initiatives. We have the unique opportunity to combine the technology, development, manufacturing and marketing capabilities of both corporations into breakthrough life-enhancing worldwide solutions,” commented Robert Kanode, CEO of PowerGenix. “PowerGenix is delighted to join the Blue Earth team!” The global stationary markets, including traffic UPS and grid storage, are multi-billion dollar market segments. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan predicts that revenue of $1.61 billion in 2013 will reach $2.34 billion in 2019 as a result of the demand for well-equipped data centers with fully functioning backup power. “The trend towards virtualization and cloud computing, as well as the need for data availability on the go, is boosting the number of UPS installations,” said Frost & Sullivan Energy & Environmental Research Analyst Anu Elizabeth Cherian. “Organizations are veering towards a new generation of UPS systems that complement the virtual server design and significantly raise the total power usage effectiveness of data centers.”  The insatiable demand for data centers and compute cycles is on a strong, upward trajectory according to a Pike Research report exploring global green data center trends. Today’s data center industry is estimated to consume approximately 1.5%of the world’s energy. The net result is that the industry is undergoing a sea change as it struggles to keep energy demand in check while concurrently growing. The change is driven by a diverse yet highly integrated set of factors: the prices of electricity and real estate, greenhouse gas emissions, information technology improvements, an unending increase in storage requirements, cloud computing, virtualization, electronic-based business models, large steps in cooling techniques, and significant improvements in monitoring and management tool suites. Blue Earth and PowerGenix believe they are well positioned to capitalize on their existing battery technology to penetrate these market opportunities. The global growth of Intelligent Data Centers...

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How do emergency vehicles respond to disasters when traffic signals fail and traffic gridlocks?
With the power and reliability of PowerGenix batteries and Blue Earth UPStealth™ control systems

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Henderson, NV – March 17, 2014 – Blue Earth, Inc., (OTCQB: BBLU) a renewable energy and energy efficiency services company, announced today that its patent pending, intelligent digital battery backup system, designed and manufactured by its wholly owned subsidiary, Blue Earth Energy Power Solutions, has been approved by several States and cities including Oregon Department of Transportation (“DOT”), Utah DOT, Idaho DOT, Alabama DOT, Colorado Region 5, City of Sacramento, CA, City of Camarillo, CA, City of Palmdale,CA, City of Pinebluff, AR, City of Bridgeport, CT, and the Washington DC lite rail, with several more States and cities in the final approval stage. The UPStealth™ was created for signalized intersections when loss of utility power occurs. UPStealth™ can be formed in various configurations that allow the intelligent battery to bend around corners and fit into spaces that cannot be accessed by traditional battery backup systems. Compared to lead-acid batteries that the UPStealth™ replaces, cost of ownership is less, requires less maintenance, lasts several years longer and Blue Earth EPS offers a finance program, which allows States and municipalities to replace lead-acid battery systems without capital expenditures. Adam Lough (Signal Engineer Utah DOT Region 3&4) states, “We absolutely love it. It has been rock solid and easy to use. It was so easy to install and fits great without taking up too much room. It is going to be a great solution for us where we don’t have the room or resources to install a UPS cabinet. I have talked to the other regions and we did a demo of it last month in our statewide meeting. Everyone loved it and wants to try them out. The thing they all liked most about it is that it is a ‘plug and play’ device that requires very little maintenance. We are also excited about the great warranty. We need to get it on the contract because there are a lot of locations throughout the state where these will come in very handy. We look forward to working with you as we deploy more of these units.” According to industry sources, there are an estimated 313,000 signalized traffic intersections in the US and the market potential is approximately $453 million that does not include other substantial potential vertical markets in traffic, such as rail road crossings, freeway ramp monitoring, school zone flashers and vehicle messaging signs and other intelligent transportation applications. UPStealth™ is marketed by nine established distributors with a passion for what it offers the end consumers and who understand the weaknesses of lead-acid battery back up systems. Debi Sadar (Lead Traffic Operations Engineer, Longmont, Co) states, “Here at the City of Longmont, Colorado we have been evaluating the use of battery backup systems for several years now on our signalized intersections but the costs to outfit some of our intersections was costly due to the fact we would of needed to add on the piggyback cabinets to accommodate the additional equipment needed and this not only was expensive but proved to be a hardship in some locations as the cabinets are where we would have a very hard time fitting in a piggyback cabinet without causing issues with pedestrians getting around them. We started hearing about the Stealth System approximately (3) years ago and decided to look into what it really consisted of, it kind of sounded a bit too...

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HELLA Launches Nickel-Zinc Product Evaluation for 48V Mild Hybrid Vehicles

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Tier 1 automotive supplier to study advantages of PowerGenix’s NiZn batteries in 48V systems San Diego, CA Monday, October 21, 2013 PowerGenix, the leading developer of high performance Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) batteries, today announced that it has signed a product evaluation contract with HELLA, a direct (tier 1) supplier to major automotive manufacturers worldwide. HELLA will conduct real-world vehicle tests to evaluate Nickel-Zinc’s ability in meeting the high-power requirements of 48-volt mild hybrid systems, while substantially reducing overall system complexity and cost. “Nickel-Zinc could offer some unique benefits in 48-volt systems” said Dr. Marc Nalbach of HELLA.  “It’s inherently very safe and also promises to provide equivalent emissions reductions, but at a lower cost. We believe our evaluation will open up a lower cost product to our OEM customers interested in reaching the fuel economy gains offered by 48-volt mild hybrid systems.” Micro hybrid vehicles are traditional gasoline or diesel powered cars with automatic, battery powered stop-start systems that shut off the engine while the vehicle is at rest and restart it upon re-engaging the gas pedal. Mild hybrids take fuel economy one step further by allowing the engine to be turned off while coasting, which enhances the stop start application as well as enabling high power regenerative braking. In addition, a starter alternator motor is used to supplement the internal combustion engine with some level of power assist during acceleration. High rate, high power capabilities are critical to the performance of 48-volt systems, but cost and complexity (safety) of Li Ion battery technologies capable of meeting such requirements pose the biggest challenge to their widespread adoption. Advanced battery solutions such as NiZn offer a promising alternative, while meeting both the cost and technical performance targets of mild hybrids. “HELLA has built a worldwide reputation for high quality automotive systems and innovative new technologies,” said PowerGenix’s Director of Business Development, Salil Soman. “We look forward to collaborating to demonstrate that NiZn is capable of meeting all the needs of mild hybrids while offering considerable improvements in cost.” HELLA is a world leader in providing Intelligent Battery Sensors (IBS), DC/DC converters and automotive energy management products for micro hybrid vehicles for the world’s leading automotive OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers). The market for micro hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles is on track to grow nearly eightfold to 39 million vehicles in 2017, driving a $6.9 billion market for energy storage devices, according to a 2012 Lux Research report on micro and mild hybrids. About PowerGenix PowerGenix has developed and patented a high-power and low-cost Nickel-Zinc battery for power intensive electronics, outdoor equipment, power tools and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). PowerGenix Nickel-Zinc batteries are a higher performing and environmental friendly replacement for Nickel-Cadmium and Nickel Metal Hydride batteries in the multi-billion dollar rechargeable battery market–providing a smaller, lighter and highly recyclable alternative to existing technologies. For more information, please visit

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PowerGenix Names Robert Kanode Chief Executive Officer

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Seasoned executive will drive expansion of nickel-zinc battery technology San Diego, CA Sunday, September 1, 2013 SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Sept. 01, 2013 – PowerGenix, the leading developer of high performance, rechargeable Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) batteries, today announced the appointment of Robert Kanode as chief executive officer. Kanode will have direct responsibility for all operations at PowerGenix, where he will oversee business expansion and drive innovation for the company, which is focused on bringing its advanced NiZn battery technology to the automotive, industrial and back-up power markets.  Kanode brings extensive experience leading battery technology companies and driving sales. Most recently, he served as president and chief executive officer of Valence Technology, a public company and leader in large-format lithium batteries for automotive and other markets. He has also held  executive leadership positions at Evercel, where he developed large format nickel-zinc batteries, and Varta North America. Kanode holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from Auburn University and has served on the board of directors of the Portable Rechargeable Battery Association. “For three decades, I’ve helped pioneering technologies thrive and make an impact on their industries”, Kanode said. “As automakers seek economical ways to increase fuel efficiency, PowerGenix offers a battery chemistry with the performance and cost advantages capable of moving the needle. The company’s proven and commercialized technology, strong leadership team and experience bringing products to market provide a solid foundation to build on as we continue to advance NiZn technology.” NiZn batteries are a leading alternative solution for micro- and mild-hybrid vehicles since they offer lower weight, higher energy density and significantly enhanced charge acceptance over their entire service life, leading to sustained fuel economy improvements. PowerGenix recently announced an innovation contract with PSA Peugeot in Europe, and its batteries are currently being tested by several major automotive OEMs globally for use with stop-start systems. About PowerGenix PowerGenix has developed and patented a high-power and low-cost Nickel-Zinc battery for hybrid electric vehicles, industrial products and stationary storage applications. PowerGenix Nickel-Zinc batteries outperform lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries in a smaller and lighter ormfactor, and avoid the high cost and safety issues associated with lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries – roviding a highly recyclable, lead-free alternative to existing technologies in the multi-billion dollar rechargeable battery market. For more information, please...

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PowerGenix’s Nickel-Zinc Battery Technology Certified by China National Labs

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Tianjin Automotive Test Center completes evaluation of NiZn batteries for stop-start vehicles San Diego, CA Tuesday, August 27, 2013 SAN DIEGO, Calif. – August 27, 2013 – PowerGenix, the leading developer of high performance Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) batteries, today announced that its batteries have achieved certification by China National Laboratory’s Tianjin Automotive Test Center. Over the past several months, Tianjin Automotive Test Center completed a comprehensive test matrix covering all aspects of advanced micro-hybrid vehicles to validate NiZn’s potential performance improvements. The Tianjin Automotive Test Center certification indicates that PowerGenix’s NiZn batteries have passed all of the corporate standards and requirements for micro-hybrid vehicles, which are traditional gasoline or diesel-powered cars with automatic battery-powered stop-start systems. Many local automakers consider Tianjin’s certification a benchmark for quality, giving PowerGenix a competitive edge in penetrating the growing micro-hybrid market in China. In light of recent extreme levels of air pollution in China, the government has implemented fuel economy standards requiring passenger cars to reach 34 miles per gallon (MPG) by 2015, and 47 MPG by 2020. In response, many automakers are looking to micro-hybrid vehicles as the lowest hanging fruit to improve fuel economy. “Tianjin Automotive Test Center’s stringent testing has validated several key performance benefits of NiZn for micro-hybrids,” said Salil Soman, Director of Business Development for PowerGenix. “This certification positions PowerGenix to tap into the domestic market for micro-hybrids in China, bringing us closer to our goal of eventually replacing existing lead acid batteries with high-power, low-cost NiZn batteries in stop-start vehicles worldwide.” NiZn batteries are a leading alternative to lead-acid in stop-start systems because they offer lower weight, higher energy density, and significantly enhanced charge acceptance over their entire service life, leading to sustained fuel economy improvements. PowerGenix recently announced an innovation contract with PSA Peugeot in Europe, and its batteries are currently being tested by several major automotive OEMs globally for use with stop-start systems. Through this extensive testing period, performed under a range of temperatures and under abusive electrical and environmental conditions, Tianjin Automotive Test Center found NiZn batteries met or exceeded all safety, product performance, mechanical integrity and storage standards. Under simulated conditions, the NiZn batteries showed over six years of service life with virtually no degradation in performance. “Based on our test results, the high-power, long-life NiZn batteries made by PowerGenix met SBA micro-hybrid vehicles performance standards,” said Dr. Wang Fang, Head of New Energy Car Test Lab at Tianjin Automotive Test Center. About PowerGenix PowerGenix has developed and patented high-power, low-cost Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) batteries for hybrid electric vehicles, industrial products, and stationary storage applications. PowerGenix’s NiZn batteries outperform lead-acid and nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries in a smaller and lighter form-factor, and avoid the high cost and safety issues associated with lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries – providing a highly recyclable alternative free of all toxic chemicals to existing technologies in the multi-billion dollar rechargeable battery market. For more information, please visit

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PSA Considers NiZn alternative for stop-start systems

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in News | 0 comments

From By Megan Lampinen PSA Peugeot Citroen is turning its attention to nickel-zinc (NiZn) battery specialist PowerGenix to help with its latest efforts at reducing emissions. The French OEM has agreed to evaluate NiZn batteries as a possible replacement for lead-acid batteries in stop-start (microhybrid) models. Salil Soman, Director of Systems Engineering at PowerGenix, told Automotive World that PSA had been interested in NiZn for some time. Early tests conducted by the OEM indicated that the swap to NiZn could provide additional reductions in both weight and CO2 emissions compared to lead-acid technology. This sort of promising preliminary results that encouraged PSA to take the next step. “This contract signifies that they are ready to move into a significant testing and validation phase,” Soman stated. PowerGenix will now work with PSA to validate the results. In particular they will be looking at charge acceptance, weight savings and service life improvements over lead-acid technology. “The ultimate objective of this contract is to fully develop a NiZn battery that meets all of Peugeot’s technical specifications, and is ready for integration into their stop-start vehicles,” added Soman. “NiZn holds the potential to provide an ideal replacement for lead-acid by reducing the weight and CO2 emissions of our stop-start engine vehicles. This study marks PSA Peugeot Citroen’s interest in working closely with PowerGenix to validate the promise of NiZn technology,” stated Bernard Sahut, innovation team manager for PSA Peugeot Citroen.   Stop-start Stop-start technology is a cost-effective means of improving fuel economy. Representing a much-less expensive option than mild or full hybrid systems, stop-start can still bring in fuel economy improvements of between 5% and 8%. Next-generation systems could even see 12-15% improvements, believes Soman. At the moment, the stop-start market is dominated by lead-acid battery technology. However, PowerGenix believes that NiZn batteries offer a strong alternative, providing higher energy density and higher charge acceptance. “NiZn’s primary challenge at this stage is the entrenchment of lead-acid in the automotive industry. Although OEMs recognise that lead is not an ideal solution to support stop-start systems, there is a bias in the industry towards proven technologies over newer, innovative solutions,” commented Soman. Infrastructure plays a key role. Soman notes that the infrastructure surrounding the lead-acid battery industry has been building up for several decades, from the raw material supply chain to battery recycling. “That said, NiZn has already crossed the commercialisation chasm with our cylindrical cell product line, which is a major asset. Automotive qualification cycles tend to be somewhat slower than some other battery markets; however, we are working with most major OEMs globally, and this contract with Peugeot indicates their strong interest in considering NiZn batteries as a replacement for lead-acid in stop-start applications.”   Global growth Stop-start technology has already been widely adopted in Europe, where 70% of all vehicles sold by 2017 are expected to carry the system as a standard feature. However, it has yet to take off in the rest of the world. Soman is particularly bullish about the prospects of the eco-friendly system in the US and China. “Recent revisions to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards in US and emissions standards in China are aimed at closing this gap to European regulations, eventually nearly standardising them worldwide by 2025. Automakers see stopstart as the lowest...

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