The news is full of articles with reports about traditional lithium-ion batteries bursting into flames, which has escalated concerns about the safety of the cells used in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries for laptops, cell phones, portable DVD players and digital cameras.
New batteries from a company called Zinc Matrix Power, are based on intrinsically safe, water-based chemistry, and contain no lithium or flammable liquids. Zinc Matrix Power batteries are free from the problems of thermal runaway, fire, and danger of explosion.
Zinc metal is nearly ideal as a battery fuel since it is non-toxic. However, zinc metal has two characteristics which make it extremely difficult to recharge. Zinc oxide is highly soluble in alkaline electrolyte and zinc recharges at about the same voltage that causes water to break down into hydrogen and oxygen. These two phenomena account for the fact that there are virtually no rechargeable zinc batteries on the market today. That's where Zinc Matrix Power gets into the mix. It has developed and patented advanced, rechargeable silver-zinc battery technology that can deliver as much as two-times the energy in a similar volume as current lithium-ion batteries, while being substantially safer to operate due to its lithium-free, water-based chemistry. The company currently is testing product with the U.S. Army and will release product later this year for notebook computer and cellular telephone testing.
Zinc Matrix Power, Inc. will demonstrate its silver-zinc rechargeable battery technology at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) 2006 Conference September 26 - 28, 2006 in San Francisco, CA.
Please contact Robin Hoffman of Pipeline Communications (Tel: 973-746-6970. firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you'd like to schedule an in-booth appointment with Zinc Matrix Power at the IDF conference.
Zinc Matrix Power, Inc., 509 Calle San Pablo, Camarillo, CA 93012. Tel: (805) 445-7789. Web: www.zmp.com