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Could Zinc-Air Batteries Usher in a New Era of Solar Power?

NantEnergy

One of the reasons why mass deployment of solar power still remains a distant goal is that most solar panels use lithium-ion batteries, which are expensive, harmful to the environment, and come with the added risk of fires and explosions due to overheating.

For the first time, a safer, cheaper, and more durable alternative to lithium ion batteries has been developed in the form of zinc energy based storage systems.

Queensland power provider launches country's first solar battery trial with U.S.-made systems

A government-owned energy company in Queensland, Australia — a country with one of the highest rates of household solar energy use in the world — launched a year-long trial Monday of two U.S.-made solar battery storage systems as part of an investigation into how the company can reward users less reliant on its grid system.