Zinc8 Energy Solutions has notified the development of its first commercial production facility in Ulster County, New York. According to the company, the recently announced US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) facilitates manufacturing production credits that provide distinct and direct benefits to Zinc8 impacting its US production plans.

Zinc8 Energy Solutions has created a zinc air battery technology that it claims can deliver power ranging from 20 kW to 50 MW. These batteries can store and discharge energy for up to 100 hours. The advanced battery can be customised to support a wide range of long duration applications for microgrids, utilities, commercial and industrial projects.

As per a company announcement, this technology will first be trialed at a New York City housing complex by the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA). This project will involve a 100kW/1.5MWh zinc storage system combined with onsite CHP generation.

REGlobal’s Views: This move by Zinc8 comes at a time after the recent introduction of the IRA in US which provides for incentives for battery manufacturing under the Section 45X Advanced Manufacturing Tax Credit. As per this provision, every eligible battery cell will receive a US$35 credit that will scale with the capacity of the battery.