Zinc8 Energy Solutions joins battery tech innovators in global accelerator scheme

by Margaret Lau
D3 'will accelerate Zinc8's path to full commercialisation'. Photo: Zinc8
Battery tech companies including Canadian zinc-air battery developer, Zinc8 Energy Solutions, are among start-ups selected to join a new global business innovation support scheme – the Third Derivative (D3) Accelerator Program.

Other companies joining D3 include German EV battery ‘upcycler’ Betteries and Canada’s Summit Nanotech – which has developed a direct lithium extraction process.

D3, a joint venture of clean energy think-tank the Rocky Mountain Institute and New Energy Nexus, an international non-profit that supports clean energy entrepreneurs, is designed to support clean-tech innovators with committed venture capital as part of the "next-generation accelerator” programme.

Corporate partners supporting D3 include Berkshire Hathaway Energy, BP ventures, Engie, Envision Group, Microsoft and Shell.


Zinc8 president and CEO Ron MacDonald said: "Harnessing the global network of D3 and its founders, partners, and resources will certainly accelerate our path to full commercialisation in 2023.”

D3’s head of investments and research, Cyril Yee PhD, said: "We believe that zinc-air flow batteries are an emerging and important form of long-duration power storage that is needed to facilitate high penetration of renewables.”

"Zinc8's innovative use of low-cost zinc, thousands of hours of successful pilot-scale demonstrations and upcoming commercial-scale demonstrations in real-world settings, sets it apart from other long-duration technologies.”

Details of D3 and profiles of all participating companies are online:
Third Derivative programme