New York City is the most densely populated city in the US with enormous energy needs, so any success with a ZincNyx mass energy storage demonstration plant there will pave the way for nationwide deployment. (Picture: Anton Sterkhov)
Today, MGX Minerals Inc. announced a partnership agreement between its 100% owned subsidiary ZincNyx Energy Solutions Inc. and New York based systems integrator Digital Energy Corp. According to the agreement, Digital Energy will install the ZincNyx battery system at a demonstration site in New York City and upon successful completion of the first project, ZincNyx and Digital Energywill develop additional installation sites and work to expand distribution of the ZincNyx technology in the US, as President and CEO of ZincNyx, Suresh Singh, explained:
“We are delighted with this partnership with Digital Energy. Digital’s years of experience with system integration and energy generation will greatly enhance our ability to deploy energy storage solutions throughout the United States.”
The first project in New York City will demonstrate ZincNyx’s patented zinc-air flow-battery technology in combination with an onsite co-generation plant to reduce cost and increase revenue through multiple value streams, including peak shaving, demand response and economic dispatch. The ZincNyx flow battery chosen for this project employs a unique zinc-air chemistry that is safe for use in densely populated areas. The project will identify the operational and regulatory requirements to be satisfied for deployment in the state of New York.
Digital’s choice, amongst many high capacity batteries, is the zinc-air system that has long been recognized as highly advantageous due to its inherent safety, high energy density and abundance of its raw materials. The other unique advantages of the ZincNyx system, such as the ability to simultaneously charge and discharge, flexibility to optimize power and energy needs, low cost of energy for long durations and modularity, further simplified the decision. Vice President of Digital Energy, Jon Lilian, commented:
“Digital is excited to partner with ZincNyx to bring lower cost energy storage solutions to New York State. We believe the ZincNyx flow battery product, along with revenue streams from the New York State REV initiative and the NYISO, will provide a high value proposition for this and future projects.”
About Digital Energy
Digital Energy is a project development and energy consulting firm. Digital focuses on maximizing financial performance, by working with DER (Distributed Energy Resources) owners, to efficiently operate their energy assets. Digital believes that combining other DER technologies with the ZincNyx flow battery solution will provide a mechanism for DER owners to derive additional value. Digital’s participation in FERC, NYISO, and PSC proceeding has led to beneficial regulatory changes for DER owners. Digital is currently participating in several regulatory proceedings that will provide additional value streams to the owners of these types of energy assets. Digital is uniquely positioned to assist owners in monetizing the full value of their facilities. To learn more about Digital Energy visit www.digitalenergyny.com.
About ZincNyx Energy Solutions
ZincNyx Energy Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of MGX, has assembled an experienced team to execute the development and commercialization of a dependable renewable energy source. With both environmental and efficiency factors in mind, ZincNyx strives to meet the growing need for secure and reliable power. MGX intends to publicly list ZincNyx and pay a partial share dividend to MGX shareholders of record (see press release dated April 3, 2018). The record date is expected to be announced shortly. On Monday (April 16), MGX announced "Expanded Capacity of Next Generation Zinc-Air Fuel Cell Battery":
"ZincNyx Energy Solutions Inc. has developed new methods to expand the capacity of its zinc-air fuel cell battery as part of the mass production design phase.
ZincNyx has developed a patented regenerative zinc-air flow battery that efficiently stores energy in the form of zinc particles and contains none of the traditional high cost battery commodities such as lithium, vanadium or cobalt. The technology allows for low-cost mass storage of energy and can be deployed into a wide range of applications.
Unlike conventional batteries, which have a fixed energy/power ratio, ZincNyx’s technology uses a fuel tank system that offers flexible energy/power ratios and scalability. The storage capacity is directly tied to the size of the fuel tank and the quantity of recharged zinc fuel, making scalability a major advantage of the flow battery system. In addition, a further major advantage of the zinc-air flow battery is the ability to charge and discharge simultaneously and at different maximum charge or discharge rates, since each of the charge and discharge circuits is separate and independent. Other types of standard and flow batteries are limited to a maximum charge and discharge by the total number of cells as there is no separation of the charge, discharge and storage components.
The basic system consists of a Regenerator unit, a Main Tank and a Fuel Cell. When the system is recharging, electrical power is used in the Regenerator unit to produce fine particles of zinc within a bearer electrolyte. As the system continues to be charged, the zinc particles are collected in the Main Tank, surrounded by the common electrolyte and oxygen is released to the air.
When the system is generating power, the zinc particles are delivered from the Main Tank to the Fuel Cell in the bearer electrolyte. The zinc particles are combined with oxygen drawn from the air and electrical power is delivered to the load.
To watch a short video outlining this operation, please visit:
Figure 1. Principle of Operation
Although the Main Tank of the basic system may be made of any suitable size, there are practical limitations to the physical size and electrical capacity of the Regenerator and Fuel Cell units. ZincNyx has overcome this restriction by developing an expanded capacity system wherein multiple Regenerator units and multiple Fuel Cells can be assembled into a single system to deliver a wide variety of configurations and capacities that can be optimised for individual applications.
Figure 2. Expanded System
Whereas the Fuel Cells may be fed from the same electrolyte source, the Regenerator units must be free to exhaust oxygen at atmospheric pressure. In the basic system, this requirement places a restriction on the vertical placement of these units since any difference in height could lead to electrolyte overflow from one unit to another. In the expanded system, ZincNyx has solved this problem by providing a separate Sump Tank and individual electrolyte flows for each Regenerator unit. The design provides additional benefits in simplifying the piping arrangement while enabling the Regenerator units to be closely stacked above each other.
An application for a patent on the invention has been filed through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) process and has been published as WO2018/018145.
The key technical features of the invention include:
-- A system and method for storing electrical energy, in particular for regenerative fuel cells.
-- An energy storage system comprising a particle regeneration subsystem for regenerating metallic particulate fuel, a fuel storage subsystem and a power generation subsystem for producing electrical energy from the metallic particulate fuel.
-- The provision of one or more intermediate tanks to assist in the release of oxygen to the atmosphere and/or the settling of the metallic particulate fuel from the bearer electrolyte.
-- The independent flow of electrolyte and/or fuel between the various subsystems"
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