Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium to use ZBB Energy storage system

Milwaukee, January 13, 2011 — ZBB Energy Corp. announced the successful factory testing and delivery of their ZESS POWR PECC and ZESS 50 advanced energy power and storage solutions to the energy lab at UWM's College of Engineering & Applied Science.

UWM recently awarded ZBB a competitive bid contract to supply cutting-edge technology for use by a multi-university team of researchers conducting renewable energy studies for the Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium.

The successful factory testing, delivery and acceptance by UWM allows ZBB to recognize the revenue for this contract in fiscal Q2 2011.

The WERC research project will use ZBB technology in a two-phase effort. The first phase of the project will study individual wind turbines. These results will be applied in a phase two study to remodel an entire wind farm system to improve reliability and put wind farms on equal footing with conventional fuel sources, such as coal and gas fueled power plants.

"ZBB is a proud member of WERC and we have no doubt that with members like Johnson Controls and Eaton, this consortium will push the industry forward. We are very happy UWM selected our equipment for the effort," said Eric Apfelbach, CEO of ZBB Energy.

The ZESS POWR PECC is a hybrid power system that converts any combination of wind, solar, hydro or other generating sources to independently optimize the control of each generating source while providing a steady-state power output to the electrical loads or directly to the grid.

The ZESS 50 technology is a Zinc Bromide flow battery designed to serve as an advanced electrical energy storage device, and is constructed from environmentally-friendly materials that provide for long service life and advanced performance when compared with traditional chemical batteries.


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