Batteries Get Smaller and More Durable in Warehousing

Imprint Energy revealed a new battery generation at a much thinner level with greater durability for environments in extreme temperatures. The advancement is indicative of the growth of technology capability in the warehouse.

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Both warehousing and logistics technology have become competitive in the last few years, with developers clamoring to discover new ways to drive productivity and optimization in the supply chain. Battery power is an important part of the warehouse today but issues like longevity, durability and bulkiness plague the technology. Imprint Energy looks to alleviate some of those issues with a new battery generation that enables 5G services through increased power density with a smaller battery that is able to withstand hotter and colder climates. The battery technology, named ZinCore, is named so because it is zinc based and is said to be safer and more sustainable. 

Per GlobeNewswire

  • Imprint Energy’s ZinCore batteries provide 10X more power in the same volume than Imprint’s previous zinc-based battery, ZincPoly, achieving greater temperature ranges while meeting 5G radio demands. ZinCore batteries pack more power density into a tighter space; they are thinner and more flexible than commercially available conventional lithium batteries, with a width of 1.0 mm and a bending diameter of 3 inches. ZinCore’s customizable, scalable, printed manufacturing process allows for large-scale production of batteries that fit the shape and size required by unique project design needs and delivers on the promise of lower cost per cm3.
  • ZinCore is resilient in adverse conditions, with an operating temperature range of -35° C to 60° C. It’s also fully submersible underwater. This resiliency, coupled with ZinCore’s ultrathin, flexible, and lightweight properties, allows for use in nearly any smart label track-and-trace solution. Businesses across various markets will now be able to power smart labels with ZinCore batteries including pharmaceuticals, medtech, agriculture, supply chain and cold chain logistics, and more without worrying about losing power in refrigeration, transport, or storage.
  • ZinCore is also safer and more sustainable than lithium batteries. Its zinc-based chemistry avoids the safety issues, such as explosions and fire, that have plagued many lithium technologies. ZinCore is classified as a non-hazardous waste, as it is not ignitable, corrosive, reactive, or toxic. Zinc is 12 times more abundant than lithium and has 78% less greenhouse gas emissions over its entire lifecycle, including production. As a rechargeable battery made from readily available material, ZinCore provides unique environmental and commercial advantages.
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