ZincFive and ABB to introduce sustainable battery solutions to data centres

ZincFive®, specialising in nickel-zinc (NiZn) battery-driven innovations tailored for data centres, announced that ABB has officially recognise ZincFive as an approved supplier, granting ABB the capability to offer UPS systems featuring green and safe ZincFive NiZn battery solutions.

In a comprehensive process, ABB has conducted tests, evaluating ZincFive’s nickel-zinc battery-based BC Series UPS Battery Cabinets with their MegaFlex UPS portfolio to ensure full compatibility with their UPS systems. These tests were conducted by ABB and ZincFive in their United States and Switzerland locations, to certify ZincFive’s BC Series on the ABB MegaFlex UPS platform.

“ABB works closely with innovative companies to provide customers with sustainable options,” said Sébastien Surply, Head of Power Protection, ABB Electrification. “Extensive testing has ensured ZincFive’s NiZn batteries meet data centre safety, performance, and reliability requirements. The adoption of NiZn technology will enable our MegaFlex UPS solutions to provide high levels of power protection and will support customer decarbonisation goals.”

ABB is currently supplying ZincFive nickel-zinc battery solutions on several projects where footprint, safety (no thermal runaway), high ambient temperature operation and full life cycle sustainability are factors in the energy storage selection process. Many of these applications are in modular enclosures or containers where the small footprint, high operating temperature range and safety of the ZincFive nickel-zinc battery cabinets significantly reduces installation time and cost vs. lead-acid and lithium chemistries.

ZincFive’s BC Series UPS Battery Cabinets are the first nickel-zinc battery energy storage solution with backward and forward compatibility with megawatt class UPS inverters. The BC Series offers an industry-leading smallest footprint, minimal maintenance requirements, no thermal runaway, and the higher reliability demanded for mission-critical applications while placing an emphasis on sustainability. ZincFive’s NiZn batteries have a significantly lower end-to-end climate impact than lead-acid and lithium batteries, as validated by expert third-party analysis.

“As the importance of sustainability in data centre backup battery systems continues to grow, companies such as ABB are leading the industry in bringing the power of good chemistry to the data centre market,” said ZincFive CEO and Co-Founder Tim Hysell. “Our shared commitment to reducing carbon footprint and operating costs without sacrificing safety or performance is what makes this collaboration a great benefit for ABB customers.”

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