Dr. Michael Gordon
Æsir Technologies, a spin-off company from ZAF ENergy Systems.
Æsir Technologies, a company that has developed a Nickel Zinc (NiZn) battery chemistry to address a broad range of industries including defense, data center, and automotive.
The NiZn chemistry has a variety of advantages over lead acid and Li-ion batteries. Æsir’s production G31 battery has 1.5 times the capacity, 3 times the cycle-life, and two-thirds the mass of the top-of-the-line G31 lead acid AGM battery. Additionally, the NiZn chemistry is aqueous making it inherently safer and less expensive than Li-ion.
NiZn chemistry was first patented by Thomas Edison in 1901, but the technology remained mostly idle for 100 years due to low cycle life. Æsir has made significant progress over the past 10 years and is now scaling up production of its 140 Ah G31 battery capable of over 800 cycles at 100% DOD. However, there is still ample room for improving the performance for the NiZn chemistry. The amount of research resources put into the NiZn chemistry is miniscule compared that of lead-acid and li-ion chemistries.
This presentation will review the history of nickel-zinc batteries, recent advances made by Æsir, and areas of future research.
This seminar will be held exclusively on Zoom (955 5209 1021). Please visit the Physics Seminars page for a link.