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ZBB Energy Corporation

September 20, 2010 08:20 ET

ZBB Energy Awarded Contract to Supply UWM's New Energy Lab With Renewable Energy Technology

Company's Advanced Power and Storage Systems to Be Used in Multi-University Renewable Energy Research Effort

MILWAUKEE, WI--(Marketwire - September 20, 2010) -  ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE Amex: ZBB), a leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms, today announced it has been awarded a competitive bid contract from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM) to supply the energy lab at UWM's College of Engineering & Applied Science with ZBB's advanced energy power and storage solutions. ZBB's cutting-edge technology will be used by a multi-university team of researchers conducting renewable energy studies for the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium (WERC).

"We're pleased to be awarded the opportunity to assist UWM and the other institutions involved in WERC's efforts to improve the quality and reliability of today's renewable energy sources," said Eric Apfelbach, ZBB President & CEO. "ZBB is committed to providing products that lead to more efficient green energy solutions and advance the economic growth of Southeastern Wisconsin's renewable energy sector. We look forward to supporting WERC in its research and putting our technology to the test."

A team of researchers led by UWM Associate Professor Adel Nasiri, as well as researchers from Marquette University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering, received multiple research grants, including support from the National Science Foundation and the National Energy Technology Lab, to focus on discovering new energy storage methods and power converter topologies for wind turbines. In doing so, the multi-university team will utilize ZBB's ZESS POWR™ PECC (power and energy control center) and ZESS 50 technology to study ways to create the next generation of renewable energy sources and technology. 

The ZESS POWR™ PECC is a hybrid power system that converts any combination of wind, solar, hydro or other generating sources to independently optimize the control of each generating source while providing a 'steady-state' power output to the electrical loads or directly to the grid. 

The ZESS 50 technology is a Zinc-Bromide flow battery designed to serve as an advanced electrical energy storage device, and is constructed from environmentally-friendly materials that provide for a long service life and advanced performance when compared with traditional chemical batteries.

The WERC research project will utilize ZBB technology in a two-phase effort. The first phase of the project will study individual wind turbines. These results will be applied in a phase two study to remodel an entire wind farm system to improve reliability and put wind farms on equal footing with conventional fuel sources, such as coal and gas fueled power plants.

"We are confident that our technology, combined with the results of this important research, will lead to greater interest in greener and more efficient energy solutions," said Apfelbach.

ZBB serves a variety of global markets, including utility, government, commercial, industrial and residential end customers. ZBB also provides its products to the U.S. Department of Defense through its various relationships with major defense contractors. The company has a 75,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Menomonee Falls, as well as research and development offices in Perth, Australia.

About ZBB Energy Corporation
ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE Amex: ZBB) provides distributed intelligent power management platforms that directly integrate multiple renewable and conventional onsite generation sources with rechargeable zinc bromide flow batteries and other storage technology. This platform solves a wide range of electrical system challenges in global markets for various types of sites with utility, governmental, commercial, industrial and residential end customers. A developer and manufacturer of its modular, scalable and environmentally friendly power systems ("ZESS POWR™"), ZBB Energy was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Wisconsin with offices also located in Perth, Western Australia.

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