SOURCE: ZBB Energy Corporation

ZBB Energy Corporation

June 13, 2013 08:30 ET

ZBB Advancing Flow Battery and Power Electronics Technologies to Deliver Next Generation Efficiencies and Provide the Market a 500 kWh Platform

Development Agreements With Domestic and Offshore Partners Provide Expertise and Resources to Accelerate Product Development

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwired - Jun 13, 2013) - ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB), the leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms and hybrid vehicle control systems, today announced two distinct technology initiatives, one to enhance the performance of the cell stacks utilized in the current ZBB EnerStore™ 50 kWh product, and the other to develop a low cost 500 kWh flow battery system that leverages the aforementioned performance gains.

ZBB has been working with an undisclosed, domestic, technology organization to develop specific materials to improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of ZBB's zinc bromide flow batteries, and formally entered into a development agreement with the organization in April of this year. The preliminary results of this joint effort, in conjunction with other internally developed advances, are expected to yield efficiency gains of up to 20% while simultaneously reducing materials costs.

ZBB has also entered into a development agreement with an undisclosed offshore partner to develop the design of a new 500 kWh zinc bromide flow battery platform, providing less cost per kWh in markets requiring larger systems, such as utilities, grid connected microgrids and remote microgrids. 

"ZBB has aggressively pursued price and performance improvements for its zinc bromide flow battery products. We believe that the broad utility-scale market is now beginning adoption of energy storage, and that a sale price of about $500/kWh will accelerate market adoption. These design initiatives should enable our products to hit these cost levels. We are fortunate to have partners that can supplement the technical and financial resources of ZBB to accelerate these high leverage projects," said Eric Apfelbach, ZBB Energy President and CEO. "While still in the development phase, we believe the preliminary results will translate into significant performance gains as we commercialize the technology."

About ZBB Energy Corporation
ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE MKT: ZBB) designs, develops, and manufactures advanced energy storage, power electronic systems, and engineered custom and semi-custom products targeted at the growing global need for distributed renewable energy, energy efficiency, power quality, and grid modernization. ZBB and its power electronics subsidiary, Tier Electronics, LLC, have developed a portfolio of integrated power management platforms that combine advanced power and energy controls plus energy storage to optimize renewable energy sources and conventional power inputs whether connected to the grid or not. Tier Electronics participates in the energy efficiency markets through their hybrid vehicle control systems, and power quality markets with their line of regulation solutions. Together, these platforms solve a wide range of electrical system challenges in global markets for utility, governmental, commercial, industrial and residential end customers. Founded in 1986, ZBB's platforms ensure optimal efficiencies today, while offering the flexibility to adapt and scale to future requirements. ZBB's corporate offices and production facilities are located in Menomonee Falls, WI, USA with offices also located in Perth, Western Australia. For more information, visit:

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