ViZn Energy Systems Announces Strategic Alliance with WeView Energy to Enter China

COLUMBIA FALLS, Montana – January 9th, 2018 – ViZn Energy Systems, Inc. (“ViZn”) announced today that the company entered into a strategic alliance with WeView Energy that includes a minority equity investment, a China licensing agreement, and a mutual commitment to exclusively pursue the China utility scale storage market with ViZn technology.

WeView Energy Systems is a four-way joint venture between Hasen Electric, Shanghai Lingxin (controlled by Jingyi Electrical), Intelion and Jiangxi Lelai.  WeView is a strategic partner with PowerChina’s wholly owned subsidiary Jiangxi Electric Power Construction Corporation (PowerChina JEPCC). PowerChina is a state-owned enterprise with 2017 revenues exceeding$53 billion.  Together, the local partners bring together engineering, manufacturing, service and construction capabilities for the growing China market.

“We have been looking for game-changing technology like ViZn’s for a long time. Every year, PowerChina builds gigawatts of renewable energy projects, all of which require a reliable, 20-year, energy storage solution.” said WeView President, Ms. Ge Yuhua. “PowerChina JEPCC’s design institute has been working with the ViZn and WeView teams to prepare for the China sited demonstration projects in China.”

The partners behind WeView bring deep reach into their national market. Hasen Electric and Jingyi Electrical are each leading manufacturers of utility scale power conversion equipment and switchgear.  Intelion specializes in development of state-of-the-art green technologies and renewable projects globally. PowerChina JEPCC is an integral part of PowerChina, the Fortune 200 company, which has executed over 1100 major infrastructure projects in 110 countries and is ranked #6 by ENR in terms of global international contractors.

“The ViZn product is uniquely suited to support the integration of the thousands of gigawatts ofnew wind and solar power to be installed globally over the coming decades,” said ViZn CEO John Lowell.  “ViZn went looking for a strong set of partners to access one of the largestpotential markets in the world for grid scale storage. We are convinced that WeView gives us the best chance for future success in China.”

ViZn Energy’s flow batteries experience zero capacity fade over 20 years and are warranted for up to two cycles per day, giving them significantly more usable output than competitive batteries. The
zinc-iron chemistry uses globally abundant materials and is non-flammable, non-toxic, and 100% recyclable at the end of its life.

ViZn Energy Systems Wins Order To Supply Flow Battery to CMI Energy Headquarters in Belgium.

ViZn Energy Systems Inc. (ViZn), a leading provider of utility-scale energy storage systems, and CMI Energy, a division of worldwide industrial leader Cockerill Maintenance & Ingénierie (CMI), are pleased to announce a strategic partnership on energy storage projects. The initial project features a 400 kilowatt, 3-hour, zinc redox flow battery system that will be integrated with 2 MWp of rooftop solar PV and installed at CMI’s headquarters in Seraing, Belgium.

“CMI is a leading EPC and has the engineering expertise to assimilate our zinc redox flow batteries into projects with business cases like peak shaving, time shifting, and numerous on-grid applications in addition to providing ongoing operations and maintenance over our systems’ 20-year lifespan,” said Ron Van Dell, CEO of ViZn Energy.

CMI Energy has been active in the energy business for 200 years and is a leader in the design and supply of numerous industrial-scale products for electric power plants such as industrial boilers, heat recovery systems, and solar thermal receivers. CMI Energy also utilizes its energy industry expertise to provide EPC and system integrator services for energy storage projects and with ViZn Energy will focus on renewables integration, wastewater treatment, mining, oil and gas, chemical, and other commercial and industrial energy storage use cases.

“We believe ViZn’s technology is very interesting and has significant potential in energy storage applications because it is non-toxic, utilizes abundant raw materials, is highly scalable, and can provide multiple revenue streams,” said Jean-Michel Gheeraerdts, Executive President at CMI Energy. “With renewables generation capacity rapidly growing, energy storage is set to expand globally. CMI Energy has conducted a thorough study and decided to invest in its headquarters with a 2MWp PV system and battery storage, which will help CMI demonstrate technologic and economic viability in both grid-tied and off-grid operations. CMI has created a new business unit dedicated to energy storage and is definitively moving forward to meet growing demand with a bankable solution.”

ViZn is currently delivering systems in the United States, Canada, Central America, Europe, and India. ViZn Energy’s flow batteries are uniquely capable of performing both rapid, high-power discharges and slower, long-duration releases at lower power – unlike other comparable storage technologies which can only do one or the other. This ability to provide a second daily cycle of merchant services can result in 50 percent more revenue per year. The inherently safe zinc-iron chemistry uses globally abundant materials and is non-flammable, non-toxic, and easily recyclable at the end of its life.

About CMI

CMI designs, modernizes and maintains equipment in the domains of energy, defense, industry, the environment and railways. The solutions which CMI offers its clients contribute to improving the economic and technical performance of their production equipment, while reducing their environmental footprint. With turnover of almost 1.2 billion Euros and a highly qualified workforce of over 4,600, the CMI Group is based in Seraing (Belgium) and has locations in Europe, the United States, Africa, Brazil, Russia, India and China.

ViZn Energy declared as the Leader among Global Grid Scale Non-Lithium Ion Energy Storage Technologies by Navigant Research.

Navigant Research Leaderboard: Non-Lithium Ion Batteries for Grid Storage

Assessment of Strategy and Execution for 13 Non-Li-Ion Battery Energy Storage Vendors

During the past 2 years, lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries have emerged as the most widely deployed technology for new stationary energy storage projects. These batteries are typically selected due to the attractive combination of low cost and highly reputable vendors. Driven by increases in manufacturing capacity and sales volumes from the complementary EV industry, Li-ion battery pack costs have decreased dramatically. Yet, despite their popularity, Li-ion batteries are not well-suited for certain stationary storage applications.

Many non-Li-ion battery technology providers are hoping to capitalize on the weaknesses of Li-ion technology and capture a piece of this rapidly growing industry. Non-Li-ion battery providers include both startups and large, well-established corporations. While some non-Li-ion technologies have just emerged from laboratories and been introduced to the market, others have been utilized for decades. Within the stationary storage market, sodium sulfur (NaS) batteries have been widely deployed around the world. However, the high costs for NaS systems compared to alternatives combined with safety concerns due to several battery fire incidents have allowed both Li-ion and new non-Li-ion technologies to capture market share. Vendors are working to take advantage of the strengths of each of the technologies, including non-Li-ion solutions such as flow batteries, advanced lead-acid batteries, and zinc-based batteries.

This Navigant Research Leaderboard evaluated the Strategy and Execution of 13 leading non-Li-ion battery energy storage providers. These companies are rated on 12 criteria: vision; go-to-market strategy; partners; production strategy; technology; geographic reach; sales, marketing, and distribution; product performance; product quality and reliability; product portfolio; pricing; and staying power. Using Navigant Research’s proprietary Leaderboard methodology, vendors are profiled, rated, and ranked with the goal of providing industry participants with an objective assessment of these companies’ relative strengths and weaknesses in the global market for non-Li-ion batteries for grid energy storage.

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ViZn Energy Systems Selected to Provide Commercial-Scale Flow Battery in Central America

“200kW / 800kWh battery to be paired with solar to achieve significant OPEX savings at a world class resort in Nicaragua”

AUSTIN, TX – ViZn Energy Systems Inc. (ViZn), a leading provider of energy storage systems for utility, commercial and industrial (C&I), and microgrid applications has been selected to provide a 200kW (four hours) flow battery in Central America. The versatile zinc-iron redox battery from ViZn is being combined with an 800kWp solar array that will enable the Rancho Santana resort to take advantage of multiple behind-the-meter services, giving an estimated payback on the system of six and a half years.

“Electricity in Nicaragua is amongst the most expensive in Latin America and many C&I customers there are on a grid tariff with a peak rate between 6 pm and 10 pm when the energy usage spikes,” said Ron Van Dell, President, and CEO of ViZn Energy Systems. “There is also no net metering for excess solar electricity, so our four-hour battery is a strong match for the market because it enables customers to install larger PV systems, get significantly cheaper energy than the grid rates, and mitigate elevated energy and demand rates during the evening network peak.”

Rancho Santana is a world-class resort and residential community covering 2,700 acres on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. The property has 152 homes and an additional 17 rooms and load is growing every year. PELICAN, S.A., an EPC based in Nicaragua, will be installing the PV system and integrating it with the ViZn flow battery and backup diesel generators.

“Our annual utility expenses are growing and we are exposed to significant peak demand charges, so we had to find a way to sustainably reduce our energy costs without impacting the sensitive environment at the resort,” said Rancho Santana CEO Matt Turner. “PELICAN proposed an innovative solar+storage system that will allow us to save over $250,000 per year on our utility bills. Using the non-toxic ViZn batteries for the energy storage not only alleviates any of the environmental concerns but also provides excellent ROI.”

Allan Cruz and Lâl Marandin are the co-founders of PELICAN and they said, “Rancho Santana came to PELICAN for help. We’ve been working with them to identify the best solar+storage solution and after evaluating numerous storage options, ViZn had the most economically attractive system. ViZn was awarded this project because its versatility to provide both power and energy services gave us confidence the asset would be able to accommodate future growth at the resort.”

The ViZn energy storage system is a self-contained solution that does not require cooling systems and is easily interconnected to meet higher power and energy requirements. ViZn Energy’s flow batteries experience zero capacity fade over 20 years and they have full access to 100% of their state of charge, giving them significantly more usable output than competitive batteries. Uniquely, they are also capable of performing both rapid, high-power discharges and slower, long-duration releases at lower power (unlike other storage technologies that can only do one or the other). This enables utilities, C&I customers, and other end users to stack applications and incorporate multiple value streams. The inherently safe zinc-iron chemistry uses globally abundant materials and is non-flammable, non-toxic and easily recyclable at the end of life.