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James Larsen, CEO, e-Zinc

To avoid catastrophic climate change, there is an urgent need to rapidly transition to a net-zero power sector. While a rising proportion of renewables in the power mix is essential, it creates structural strains on the existing power generation infrastructure that are created by new flows of electricity and by the inherent variability of wind and solar power.

Therefore, to enable the proliferation of solar and wind energy to help decarbonize the planet, an economical, flexible, environmentally friendly and long-duration energy storage (LDES) technology is needed. While current energy storage technologies are inadequate to supply energy storage in such a way, e-Zinc provides a breakthrough LDES solution.

Consisting of an electrochemical cell that allows storing energy in low-cost zinc metal, the technology decouples power from energy capacity, driving feasibility and flexibility for LDES applications. e-Zinc has deployed its first system in the field and is currently building a pilot-scale manufacturing facility, proving significant potential to be scaled.

Grid-scale opportunity for LDES is expected to grow from about $100-billion to $1-trillion by 2040, and e-Zinc will be part of this equation.

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