Salient Energy receives $1.5 million in California funding for zinc-ion battery development

Salient Energy, a company developing zinc-ion batteries, has received a $1.5 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) to support the design and assembly of its zinc-ion residential energy storage systems. Salient will use the grant funding to open an office and engineering facility in Oakland, California, and hire a team of engineers to design and assemble the energy storage systems.

“We are excited that the CEC has recognized the potential of our zinc-ion battery technology and given us the opportunity to demonstrate its value for California residents,” said Ryan Brown, CEO and co-founder of Salient Energy. “We’ve come a long way in showing that the zinc-ion battery is a safe and scalable alternative to lithium-ion. Through this work with the CEC, we will be able to prove its commercial maturity.”

At the new CEC-funded facility, Salient will develop, field test and validate its zinc-ion battery prototype applications for residential storage systems. The company’s goal through this project is to advance the technology from a pre-commercial stage to the technology demonstration stage where it can then be validated and scaled.

“Through its EPIC research program, the CEC is pleased to support efforts, like Salient Energy’s, to advance zinc-ion battery and other storage technologies,” said CEC Vice Chair Janea Scott. “Diversifying our storage technology options will help ensure grid reliability and allow for greater integration of the state’s vast renewable resources as California moves toward a clean energy future.”

News item from Salient Energy