Zinc-ion battery company Salient Energy has formalized a partnership with Horton World Solutions (HWS), a sustainable homebuilder, in which HWS will host the first in-field demonstration of Salient’s zinc-ion storage system and qualify the system for installation. HWS founder and CEO Terry Horton will also join Salient Energy’s board of advisors.
“Energy storage is a key part of making zero-carbon homes,” Horton said. “But the current lithium-ion systems have a lot of issues. They create a fire risk that we need to design around, which further adds time and complexity to our permitting process. They are also frequently in short supply, which makes it risky to plan for them being an integral part of our designs. When I saw that Salient’s zinc-ion could solve both these issues, I knew I had to get involved.”
Salient’s zinc-ion battery uses a water-based design that eliminates the risk of fire. It is built with zinc and manganese, metals that are mined and processed in North America and abundant around the globe. The team at Salient Energy has designed its zinc-ion energy storage systems to have the same power, performance, and footprint as lithium-ion systems, so that it can work as a drop-in replacement for systems currently in the market.
“We built zinc-ion to accelerate the adoption of clean energy,” said Ryan Brown, co-founder of Salient. “So, the opportunity to build zero-carbon homes with our technology is an exciting step forward for us. Our goal is to build safe, affordable, and sustainable systems that become the standard for home energy storage. We’re extremely lucky to have someone as experienced as Terry helping us achieve this goal.”
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