TechConnect Innovation Program

Rechargeable Zinc-Air Battery System

University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

The portfolio of IP relates to the development of our rechargeable zinc-air battery system including; bifunctional air electrodes, zinc electrodes and electrolyte formulations. It may offer up to three times the energy density of conventional Li-ion systems commercially available at fraction of cost with over 3000 charging cycles.

Primary Application Area: Energy Storage

Technology Development Status: Prototype

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 5

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: Next generation rechargeable & recyclable battery with:
High specific energy (3 times > Li-ion)
Low cost per kWh,(much cheaper vs. Pt.)
Zinc: very abundant/inexpensive & locally sourced
Recyclable (no mixing issues with water)
Safe operation compared to Li (stable material)
Environmental benignity (non-toxic)

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Global Innovation Awardee

Showcase Booth #: 942

Website: chemeng.uwaterloo.ca/zchen/

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: This technology was developed in University of Waterloo funding with without any governmental funding from USA. The following Canadian Government grants were awarded towards the development of this technology;
1)NSERC I2I commercialization grant, 2) OCE POP phase II grant, 3) OCE Commercialization Voucher grant

Primary Sources of Funding: Venture Capital, Corporate Venture Capital, Corporate Partner

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners