ABB adds ZincFive nickel-zinc batteries to UPS systems

Says nickel-zinc is a greener alternative to lead-acid and lithium-ion

Data Center Dynamics
October 15, 2023

ABB has added Zinc­Five as an approved sup­pli­er for its UPS sys­tems, offer­ing nick­el-zinc as a bat­tery option along­side lithi­um-ion and lead-acid.

Zinc­Five’s BC series of nick­el-zinc bat­tery cab­i­nets can now be installed and sup­port­ed as part of an ABB unin­ter­rupt­ible pow­er sup­ply system.

Zinc­Five claims its nick­el-zinc bat­ter­ies offer a small foot­print, min­i­mal main­te­nance, and high reli­a­bil­i­ty, with­out the dan­ger of ther­mal runaway.

Zinc­Five pre­vi­ous­ly told DCD that nick­el-zinc has a bet­ter pow­er den­si­ty, and also embod­ies low­er Scope 3 emis­sions, because nick­el and zinc are more abun­dant than lithi­um, and cause much less pol­lu­tion dur­ing min­ing and processing.

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