Battery Revolt: Local company creating new style of energy for consumer applications

A New generation of low-cost, lightweight and safe batteries for energy storage, cell-phones and possibly vehicles is taking shape in the Flathead Valley. The scientists at ZAF Energy Systems, located on U.S. 2 south of Columbia Falls, are taking a sustainable, widely available material — zinc — and creating air-breathing battery cells that require only a small amount of oxygen to feed the discharge reac-tion.Led by Chief Technical Officer Ron Brost, ZAF has come up with a battery material that is lighter and more economical than standard lithium ion batteries.

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