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“When we learn how to store electricity, we will cease being apes ourselves.” Thomas Edison, 1910

Zinc Air Incorporated (ZAI)


exists to fulfill Edison’s vision of providing reliable and

Montana, just miles from the entrance to Glacier National Park.

plentiful storage to the world. We have leveraged simple, clean

We have brought together a world-class team of scientists,

and efficient energy storage technology which was developed

engineers and business professionals to change the paradigm of

under corporate and the Department of Energy sponsorship.

how we currently generate, distribute and consume energy. Through

We are bringing our battery to market to fundamentally and

cost-effective battery storage, we can facilitate the integration

permanently change the reliability, stability and efficiency of the

of renewable energy and increase the efficiency of existing

existing electrical grid. We are located in the Flathead Valley of

infrastructure, improving the quality of life for seven billion people.

Glacier National park, Montana



remains one of the most majestic and pristine


Flathead Valley provides an atmosphere that promotes

places on earth. Conservation is not a political statement but

a lifestyle conducive to attracting and retaining quality talent

a way of life. We care deeply about our precious resources

that is dedicated to our mission of completely changing the

because so many of us make our living off the land.

world of energy into one that is reflective of the way we

Wasting anything is not permissable – and we especially cannot

live every day. Our storage technology not only delivers on

tolerate that 57% of the world’s energy produced goes unused.

that promise but it is a platform to rethink grid stability and energy delivery. And, in Montana, this is what we are about.

Storing and Delivering Tomorrow’s Energy

Battery Storage

Zinc Redox – R & D

Renewables are challenged to work on a stand-alone basis,

Our Zinc Redox technology was originally developed under DOE

we have an aging grid that looms as a potential devastating

and corporate sponsorship. The technology underwent ten years

financial catastrophe and we currently waste more than 50% of

of foundational research and development, which provided key

all the energy produced. Battery storage stands as a solution to

insights to electrochemical performance, material compatibility,

improve the performance of existing utility assets and renewable

and design improvements for manufacturability. More than $10

energy installations, and this will facilitate global infrastructure

million was spent establishing the scientific and economic merits

development towards a more sustainable energy future.

of our Zinc Redox technology.

Through cost effective storage, we can dramatically improve

The key differentiators of this technology lie in its safety,

the imbalance of supply vs. demand and remove the direct

abundance of its core raw materials, simplicity of design, and

link between generation and demand that exists today. By

the robust nature of our chemistry. The combination of these

making better use of the energy generated today, we can lower

factors allows ZAI to manufacture the battery using low cost and

greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the need for inefficient natural

readily available construction materials. The Zinc Redox battery

gas peaker plants, and seamlessly integrate renewable energy.

is designed to last 20+ years and provide the lowest life cycle cost for any storage technology.

Technology Commercialization

Ready For Deployment

We have spent three years refining an exceptional technology and

We have met with hundreds of prospective renewables clients

making it a viable, commercial product ready for deployment. We

in addition to utilities, transmission developers and corporate

have been able to rapidly develop a commercial-grade solution

clientele. Our extensive research has provided us a clear view

by partnering with leaders in adjacent industries, and leveraging

of the market trends, needs, and concerns. Our go-to-market

existing technologies, materials and components.

strategy focuses on early adopters where battery storage provides a clear and defined economic benefit. With many states facing

ZAI is working with some of the most established and respected

renewable energy portfolio standards, we have found many wind

corporations and industry professionals to ensure the highest

and solar developers looking to storage as a solution to provide

quality and most reliable delivery. This includes our contract

firmed renewable energy to the grid and distributed communities.

manufacturer, Celestica, which is a $7 billion/year, tier-one player providing world class technical expertise supporting our

Corporations are also instituting green initiatives in which battery

quality standards and projected growth. This positions us well to

storage can play a key role through peak demand reduction,

compete in the short term as well as meet the rapid growth in

improved power quality and integration of distributed renewables.

the coming years.

Finally, utilities are facing closures of many dated and inefficient power plants. Many utilities see battery storage as a key asset in their future portfolios.

The Markets We Serve UTILITIES


The US wholesale power market has a number of immense

The global economy makes commercial and industrial resource

challenges before it; efficiency, reliability, and the security of

efficiency more important than ever. Today, industry uses batteries

the electric power industry are areas of particular concern. To

for many applications to increase their competitiveness including

expand the flexibility and capability of existing generation and

plant startup, emergency backup and power conditioning. With

transmission assets, there has been a renewed emphasis on

large-scale storage, we can meet these needs in addition to

energy storage. Energy storage technologies can act as “shock

providing demand reduction, load shifting, backup generation,

absorbers” for the grid to improve efficiency and reliability.

and integration of distributed generation from renewables.

We live in an on-demand energy world – electricity must be

Many corporations in the United States and abroad are exploring

produced when it is needed and used once it is produced.

options to stabilize power consumption and reduce cost while

Energy storage breaks this linkage by allowing for operators to

maintaining the reliability and quality of the power coming into

produce and store electricity for later use—as one would in other

the plant. Target industries for battery storage include mining,

commodity markets. This strategy has already been proven to be

manufacturing, cold storage, warehousing and a rapidly growing

successful in the natural gas industry. By optimizing the existing

number of server farms supporting cloud Internet services.

generation assets, less capital is needed to provide a higher level of service. By deploying batteries with existing generation assets, you can increase utilization, efficiency, and economic returns.

Power Quality


Demand Response

Peak Shaving

Backup Power

VAR Support

Demand Reduction



Load Shifting

Ramp Control

Ancillary Services

Black Start

Asset Utilization

Deferment of Transmission

Load Shifting

RENEWABLE ENERGY Renewables will be a key ingredient in moving our

used to stabilize and balance the system. The

dependence from carbon-emitting energy production

combination of renewables and storage is a winning

to clean energy. For the majority of nations without

combination for residential, commercial, and utility

endless petroleum reserves, energy storage is also

applications. In addition to matching demand

a matter of national security. While cost is the single

versus supply, batteries can be used to reduce the

largest hurdle facing renewable energy, variability

size, scope and cost of renewable installations.

and unpredictability also limit widespread adoption.

Some renewable projects are built to meet specific power needs of a business or community. By

To the extent that demand for power does not coincide


with the renewable energy generation, storage can be

power from a battery, the project can be right-sized





to provide sufficient power with greater reliability.

Batteries and The Impact To The Current Power Structure Competition Today, the most widely deployed storage technology is

public safety and developmental setbacks have limited their

pumped hydro. While pumped hydro is a proven and

success and appeal. Another flow battery technology using Va-

low cost storage solution, its effectiveness is limited by

nadium has seen limited success, due to the cost of the raw

geography, transmission constraints and public opinion.

material being rare and used in the production of steel. To meet

Even in the best case, this solution only represents a small

the requirements for widespread adoption, a battery must be:

percentage of the storage market where hydro is possible.

• Low cost – Zinc Redox meets the critical price-to performance threshold

Grid scale battery storage is coming to the forefront with many

• Safe – Zinc Redox is the greenest battery solution with all

companies entering the market to reach for the brass ring. Mature

reactants being “sewerable.” The system operates at

technologies like lead acid, lithium and nickel metal hydride all

ambient temperatures and is non-pressurized, non-toxic

have a place in their respective areas of consumer electronics

and non-explosive.

and electric vehicles, but they do not translate to grid storage

• Scalable – Zinc Redox can be scaled up to 100’s of

due to their high cost, safety concerns and chemistry limitations.

Megawatts. • Durable – Zinc Redox system expected lifespan is 20 years

For grid-scale applications, flow batteries are widely accepted as

with scheduled maintenance.

the best solution based upon their ability to store large amounts

• Sustainable – Zinc Redox uses widely abundant and low

of energy decoupled from the amount of power they can produce.

cost materials.

With flow batteries, you can simply store more energy by building larger storage tanks and pouring in more chemistry. There are several competitors in the flow-battery field, but most of them have failed to make their mark due to cost and the toxic/corrosive nature of their chemistry. Zinc/Bromine, Zinc/Chlorine, and Zinc/Cerium are currently being developed, but concerns for the

Intellectual Property Zinc Air has established an impressive intellectual property portfolio with 15 patents pending and five international PTC applications. Recently, the company received notice that its first patent application was allowed, which was critical to our planned cost reductions in the near future. In addition to the filed patents, the company continues to innovate with several additional patent applications in process. The company’s fundamental patent filings cover all areas including core chemistry, system design and battery operation. Several of our patent applications are inter-locking providing additional security of our entire patent portfolio. The company’s patent strategy is being led by its CTO, Ron Brost, PhD, who headed up Ford’s Fuel Cell Patent Committee for eight years. Ron is working closely with our patent counsel, Brooks Kushman, P.C., to ensure the proper execution of our patent strategy and intellectual property development. FULL SIMULATION CAPABILITIES 1. Fluid Flow Simulations

4. Electrode model

2. Electrical / Thermal

5. Structural Models

3. Shunt current Modeling

6. Manufacturing

OUR TEAM Dave Wilkins – CEO

Craig Wilkins – Executive Vice President

25 years of proven management experience in

25 years proven performance in the development and growth of

technology and manufacturing startup environments.

startup businesses in the communications and finance sectors.

Peter Walters – PhD, COO

Kevin Waldher – VP Business Development

30+ years experience of bringing new technologies to market

25 years of financial expertise in the areas of real estate

with HP, Rockwell and Gigoptix, Philips and Wavetronix.

acquisition/development and consumer finance.

Ron Brost – PhD, CTO

Kirk Plautz – VP Sales

Leader in battery and fuel cell development for Ford, CODA

Sales and sales management professional with proven national

Automotive and Delphi Automotive.

account experience in business to business transactions.

Authored over 30

patents and conference papers. Greg Hayes – Marketing John Lowell – VP Manufacturing and Product Development

25 years success track record in strategic communications,

Previously the General Manager of North America for Celestica.

public affairs and clean technology start-ups.

25 years of experience putting new products in the market.

The Company has assembled a world-class Board of Advisors including the scientists with extensive experience in zinc chemistry, electrochemistry and innovative engineering solutions. The Business Advisory Board is comprised of proven leaders in the renewable, manufacturing, military and utility sectors. Jigar Shah

Paul Vallely

Former CEO of SunEdison and The Carbon War Room.

Retired US Army Major General and Senior Military Analyst.

Roger Ballentine

Jim Aivalis

Former senior member of Clinton’s White House Climate Change

Former CEO of ThruBit and 28 years experience in the upstream

Task Force.

oil and gas industry.

David Green

Roy Sweeney

30 years experience. Former Chief Marketing Officer for

CEO Exair Corp with 40+ years experience in manufacturing


and distribution.

Matt Cheney

William Rich, PhD

Director of CleanPath Ventures and former CEO of Fotowatio

30+ years experience in research, development and marketing in

Renewable Ventures.

the instrumentation field.


Roger Hollandsworth, PhD

Ken Huber

Original engineer on Zinc Redox development team. 40 years

Former consultant at PJM Interconnections applying storage to smart

with Lockheed Martin.


Robert Selman, PhD

Joseph Monkowski PhD

Original engineer on Zinc Redox development team. 25+ years at

CEO of Pivotal Systems which builds advanced plating measurement

Illinois Institute of Technology.


John Cooper, PhD

Jerry Elwood PhD

30+ years with Lawrence Livermore and expert on zinc morphology.

Former Director of Climate Change Research Division of DOE and

Jacob Jorne, PhD

23+ years with Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Professor of ChemE at University of Rochester. Considered a

Vern DeWitt

pioneer of flow batteries.

40+ years of plastics expertise. Former President of Webster Plastics.

5314 US Highway 2 West Columbia Falls, MT 59912 TEL: (406) 755-ZINC (9462)

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