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Missouri-based Energy Solutions Company Awarded $1.4 Million Air Force Contract

ZAF Energy Systems, an energy solutions company that develops next-generation battery technology, has been awarded a $1.4 million contract for a nickel-zinc (NiZn) battery system to support the U.S. Air Force intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) ground facility. The project is expected to result in a prototype energy storage system capable of powering the silo’s systems in the event of a power outage until standby generators can be started.

“In addition to having a longer operational life than the current lead-acid batteries, the Air Force is using nickel-zinc batteries that can be stored, without charging, for a very long time—as much as twenty years—without damage or the need for float charge,” said Eivind Listerud, ZAF’s VP of Engineering.

ZAF’s NiZn batteries have potential uses in a wide range of applications including automotive, heavy trucking, remote telecom, renewable energy, and marine. The company expanded to Joplin, Missouri, in 2017, creating 100 new jobs in the region.

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