Salient Energy Partners With HWS In Zinc-Ion Residential Storage Trial

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Salient Energy, which manufactures zinc-ion batteries, has partnered with Horton World Systems, one of America’s largest residential and commercial building contractors, to bring residential energy storage to as many as 200,000 customers. Each company brings unique technology solutions to market that lower both costs and carbon emissions.

Salient Energy Zinc-Ion Battery Technology

Salient Energy
Salient Energy residential energy storage. Image credit: Salient

The world of energy storage is in upheaval. The criminal assault on Ukraine by Russia’s lunatic president has disrupted supply chains around the world. Political leaders in the US are concerned because much of the raw materials needed to manufacture lithium-ion batteries either come from or are controlled by China. Lithium-ion batteries can also catch fire at inopportune moments.

Salient Energy says its zinc-ion batteries are the solution to all those issues. They use no lithium, no cobalt, and no nickel. The zinc and manganese are obtained from North American sources. Furthermore, the risk of fire is eliminated. The manufacturing process emits 66% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than the process that makes lithium-ion batteries. And oh, yeah, they cost less as well. What’s not to like?

In a press release this week, the company says, “The team at Salient Energy has designed its zinc-ion energy storage systems to have the same power, performance, and footprint as lithium-ion systems, so that it can work as a drop-in replacement for systems currently in the market. Salient’s energy storage systems pair with residential solar panels and allow for customers to disconnect from the larger grid during outages.”

Horton World Solutions Advanced Building Technology

HWS home
Image courtesy of HWS

HWS doesn’t just build homes and commercial buildings. It has created an entirely new way to build that lowers costs and drastically cuts the amount of time needed to construct one of its homes or buildings. The company says its technology replaces conventional framing, house wrapping, roofing, and insulation with an all-in-one product. The HWS system is continuous, unlike conventional construction methods, and features R-values nearly double that of a conventional home. A barrier to the elements, its system is wind-driven rain-tested and is resistant to mold, mildew, and chloride.

The composite panels are constructed with an extruded polystyrene core and laminate veneer. Each panel is 4 inches thick and assembled using polycarbonate connectors. Lighter, stronger, and more durable than traditional studs and sheetrock, the monolithic composite system forms the ceiling & roof system and walls that slide into the steel foundation.

The panels, windows, and door openings are precision cut with high-pressure water jets. The HWS building system requires little to no alteration once delivered and is designed with ease of installation in mind, and can easily be installed without skilled laborers. The cladding and coatings are directly glued and screwed to the building system for ease of finish without finding studs.

The Salient/HWS Partnership

In the press release, the two companies say HWS will host the first field demonstration of Salient’s zinc-ion storage system and qualify the system for installation in its planned construction of over 200,000 new homes. HWS founder and CEO Terry Horton will also join Salient Energy’s board of advisors..

“Energy storage is a key part of making zero-carbon homes,” says Horton. “But the current lithium-ion systems have a lot of issues. They create a fire risk that we need to design around, which further adds time and complexity to our permitting process. They are also frequently in short supply, which makes it risky to plan for them being an integral part of our designs. When I saw that Salient’s zinc-ion could solve both these issues, I knew I had to get involved.”

Ryan Brown, co-founder of Salient, says, “We built zinc-ion to accelerate the adoption of clean energy. So the opportunity to build zero carbon homes with our technology is an exciting step forward for us. Our goal is to build safe, affordable, and sustainable systems that become the standard for home energy storage. We’re extremely lucky to have someone as experienced as Terry Horton helping us achieve this goal.”

The Takeaway

Both Salient and HWS are probably new to CleanTechnica readers, but the idea that together they can lower the cost of new homes while greatly reducing the carbon footprint of their products is exciting news. We will be following this new partnership and bring you updates as they become available.

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