Battery startup Anzode Inc., San Leandro, California, has announced its collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin Center for Electrochemistry as an industrial affiliate. The Center provides world-class expertise and facilities for battery research and is a focal point for collaboration between industry and academia. The Center is led by Professor Allen Bard, a recipient of the National Medal of Science, and Professor John Goodenough, the 2019 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, is among the participating faculty. Industrial partners of the Center include 3M, Asahi Kasei and Shell International.
“The Anzode team has strong collaborative expertise to address energy challenges in the U.S. and around the world,” said Sebastien Belanger, president and CEO of Anzode, Inc. “Anzode is building new generations of inexpensive batteries that are safe and friendlier to the environment. Our patent-pending rechargeable zinc-manganese batteries provide great performance and safety and are significantly less expensive than lithium, making them a viable solution for backup power and energy storage.”
Belanger adds, “Our second-generation technology has properties that would make it ideal for automobiles and other applications where energy density is important. Our industrial affiliate membership with the Center for Electrochemistry will provide Anzode with greater capabilities for design, prototyping and pilot manufacturing, allowing the company to deliver greener and cheaper batteries to customers faster.”
Anzode’s batteries are based on abundant, inexpensive and low-toxicity materials, which translates into a 70% cost advantage when compared to lithium-ion for a given amount of stored energy. Zinc (Zn) has long been considered an ideal battery electrode due to its high power and energy density, low cost, global availability, environmental characteristics and ease of recycling. Similarly, manganese (Mn) is an abundant, safe, inexpensive and widely used element. Anzode’s technology stabilizes both metals and turns them into a fully rechargeable battery.