ZincFive Wins ‘2021 Top Tier Product’ Award in Mission Critical Magazine’s UPS Systems Category

ZincFive’s BC Series Battery Cabinet is the first nickel-zinc battery energy storage system (BESS) with backward and forward compatibility with megawatt-class inverters.

The ZincFive BC UPS Battery Cabinet


PORTLAND, Oregon—(August, 2021)— ZincFive, the world leader in nickel-zinc battery-based solutions for data centers is proud to announce its BC Series Battery Cabinet has won Mission Critical Magazine’s coveted 2021 ‘Top Tier Products’ Award in the UPS Systems category.

“The nickel-zinc technology could displace market share for lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries,” one of the judges said. “And the power density is an attractive feature.”

Reliability is key in mission-critical applications, and when a lead-acid or lithium-ion battery cell fails, it creates an open circuit that halts battery string operation. A weak or depleted nickel-zinc cell, on the other hand, remains conductive, allowing the string to continue operating. This turns an emergency with other battery chemistries into a simple battery replacement at the next planned maintenance cycle with little cost and no operational impact.

“We are thrilled to win the 2021 Top Tier Product Award in Mission Critical Magazine’s UPS Systems Category,” said ZincFive’s CEO, Tim Hysell. “The capability of nickel-zinc batteries is a paradigm shift in battery string reliability and uptime, and this award is recognition of that.”

In addition, nickel-zinc battery strings tolerate string imbalances, enabling users to add strings to existing systems or change out batteries over time, mixing older batteries with new ones, thereby lowering Capex and maintenance costs.

The power density of the nickel-zinc batteries used in the BC Series Battery Cabinets is also well-suited to large-scale energy storage, where delivering the smallest footprint per megawatt is important to the end-user.

“High power density must be accompanied with safety in operation, and ZincFive has developed a high-power density battery that does not exhibit thermal runaway at the cell level based on the results of UL testing,” said Aaron Schott, Senior Product Manager, Data Centers, ZincFive. “This means the BESS design does not need to include additional safety mechanisms.”

ZincFive’s BC Series Battery Cabinet innovates beyond the battery by designing the cabinets to be drop-in replacements for lead-acid battery-based backup systems. Users can utilize the BC Series without modification to their existing UPS.

“Previously, BESS users have had to compromise in one or more areas of performance, safety, or the environment when choosing energy storage solutions,” said Hysell. “The scope of the project with ZincFive BC Series Battery Cabinets has resulted in minimizing compromises in BESS while bringing a disruptive battery technology in a turnkey solution to a large global market.”

Independent third-party analysis of end-to-end environmental impact shows nickel-zinc batteries to have a climate impact score significantly superior to lead-acid and lithium battery chemistries.

“This product appears to offer significant advantages with footprint and reliability over lead-acid and lithium-ion UPS battery solutions for new and retrofit applications,” said one of the judges. “In addition, the low environmental impact of the product may help end-users meet sustainability goals and green initiatives.”

“A transition from lead-acid to alternative battery chemistries is underway in the mission-critical industry,” said Hysell. “And nickel-zinc offers a safe, reliable, and sustainable solution while delivering a low total cost of ownership.”

About ZincFive, Inc.
The modern electrified world requires safe, reliable, powerful, and green battery storage to realize the potential of technology for society. ZincFive’s nickel-zinc batteries are the high-power, fail-safe, fully recyclable battery technology powering the future. ZincFive is the world leader in innovation and delivery of nickel-zinc battery-based uninterruptible power solutions for mission-critical applications in Data Centers and Intelligent Transportation as well as providing batteries and storage solutions for Electric Grid reliability and Motive applications. With over 100 patents awarded, ZincFive leverages safe, green nickel-zinc chemistry within its solutions to provide high power density and performance simultaneous with superior safety and environmental advantages. ZincFive is a privately held company based in Tualatin, Oregon. zincfive.com.

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