It All Started with Edison

It all started with Thomas Edison who dabbled with many battery chemistries, including nickel-zinc (NiZn). The great inventor seemed obsessed with creating storage batteries for the transportation darling of its day—the electric automobile. Edison was intrigued by the potential of NiZn electrochemistry because of its high energy density, high efficiency rating and temperature tolerance advantages compared to other battery chemistries. In 1901, Thomas Edison was awarded US patent 684,201 for NiZn chemistry, but was never able to commercialize NiZn based products.

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How Our Air Breathing Zinc Rechargeable Storage Cell Works

Covered by
100+ Patents

When sun is available, electricity is generated from photovoltaic solar panels and in the charge process, our Zinc Air battery system uses this electricity to convert zinc oxide to zinc and oxygen.

This electrochemical reaction generates zinc which serves as a storage form of energy.

In the discharge process, the battery system converts the electrochemical energy from the zinc by combining (oxidizing) the zinc with oxygen from air, generating electrons.

Thus, the cycle is from electricity generated from multiple sources, to zinc storage, via an electrochemical reaction, and then, to electrons leading to the transmission of electricity.

The breakthrough at NantEnergy is the discovery of enabling zinc to retain its charge for prolonged periods of time, as well as repeating the cycle of charge and discharge over 1,000s of repeated cycles without deterioration.

By breaching the manufacturing barrier of $100 kWh, we can now electrify the world anywhere everywhere reducing dependence on lithium-ion, lead and fossil fuels.

Stand Alone Power Solutions for
Wireless Communication Networks

The NantEnergy Zinc-Air batteries are uniquely positioned to provide resiliency and reliability to wireless communication Network locations such as Telecom towers, Central Office and Data Centers / Fiber hubs. To date, over 3,000 systems have been deployed at over 1,000 cell tower sites throughout the world.

Our solution has proven to be robust against theft and fire hazard related issues that plague current battery technologies. These rechargeable batteries can be integrated into locations with all combinations of utility, solar and diesel generator produced power.

Scalable Modular System

Our cell and system architecture makes it possible to add and remove modules as needed to match the power and energy demands of each application as well as make adjustments over time.

By developing our core Zinc-Air technology, power electronics and embedded software controls as a system, NantEnergy has created an energy storage solution that is scalable from kWh to MWh to GWh of capacity.

Enabling Utility Management

Energy storage using Zinc-Air batteries is an enabler in the Power and Utility business for customers looking to increase revenue in both the wholesale and the ancillary services markets. Benchmark low costs and proven reliability of the solution along with low installation times provides customers the flexibility in applying these batteries to suit their specific need – as a peaker, a spinning reserve, non-spinning reserve or for voltage/frequency regulation.


By embedding advanced intelligence and remote monitoring capabilities at the cell level, NantEnergy has developed a Zinc-Air that dramatically increases visibility into the performace of an overall system, enabling customers to better understand and achieve transparancy of critical energy-based operating for their businesses. These features also enable NantEnergy to offer EaaS (Energy-as-a-Service) solutions to key customers.