Oregon Department of Transportation Approves First Green Battery Backup for Intelligent Transportation Systems; ZincFive’s Nickel-Zinc Batteries Power Traffic Signals, Digital Message Signs and Traffic Data Centers

ODOT Adds ZincFive’s Maintenance Free, Recyclable Battery to the State’s Approved Product List, Giving Cities an Environmentally Safe Alternative to Lead-Acid Batteries


PORTLAND, Oregon—(June 2017) ZincFive, Inc., winner of the 2017 Most Disruptive Technology Award, just earned a big green endorsement from one of the nation’s most rigorous transportation testing labs––in one of the greenest states. After a two-year process, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) added ZincFive’s patented, nickel-zinc battery solution, to the agency’s Green Sheets, a trusted products list that cities use to spec for projects.

ZincFive's environmentally safe, no maintenance battery solutions are protecting motorists and technology at Oregon's Biggs Junction interchange

ZincFive's environmentally safe, no maintenance battery solutions are protecting motorists and technology at Oregon's Biggs Junction interchange

First ODOT Approved Green Battery

This marks the first time, ODOT has included an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional lead-acid batteries, invented in 1859, the same year as Oregon’s statehood. Lead-acid can also pose environmental problems.

ZincFive Improving Safety, Saving ODOT Time and Money

ODOT deployed the UPStealth® Battery Backup System at Biggs Junction, Oregon—a once dangerous, heavily used, remote interchange, where weather induced power outages are not uncommon.

“Protecting motorists at Biggs Junction was a big priority for us and the UPStealth is performing just as promised, keeping the power on and reducing accidents and congestion,” said ODOT Traffic Signal Engineer, P.E., Scott Cramer. “There’s less maintenance, decreased cost and longer battery life. One of the biggest selling points is the UPStealth’s flat format fits inside the existing traffic cabinets. We don’t have to build new cabinets. Also, the battery’s environmentally friendly materials mean there’s no risk for hazardous material spills, electrical shock or other catastrophes associated with lead-acid batteries.”

ZincFive's VP Sales - Traffic Solutions, Pete Johnson demonstrates how the UPStealth fits into existing space inside traffic cabinets.

ZincFive's VP Sales - Traffic Solutions, Pete Johnson demonstrates how the UPStealth fits into existing space inside traffic cabinets.

Real Time Intelligence

ODOT is also using UPStealth’s Real-Time Intelligence Connect (RTi Connect™) desktop application for onsite and remote viewing, monitoring and management of performance. Next ODOT hopes to deploy nickel-zinc batteries at traffic signals intersecting with rail lines. “It’s a fairly cheap and easy solution to keeping traffic signals operating at those rail crossings which are a high risk area. Dark signals are never good, especially at a rail crossing,“ said Cramer.

“Oregon’s long history of environmental firsts makes this a particularly proud milestone for our team,” said ZincFive VP Sales - Traffic Solutions, Pete Johnson. “We’re now partnering with many mission critical industries that share our passion for delivering more powerful, energy efficient battery solutions, without expense to people and the environment.”

ZincFive’s Disruptive Technology:

● Environmentally safe. 90 percent recyclable. No explosive, outgassing or hazardous contamination concerns.

● Lower total cost of ownership. Cost and performance advantages over lithium- ion and lead-acid batteries.

●  High discharge capability.

●  No trickle charging.

●  Intelligent battery management system maintains a battery efficiency of 96 percent, resulting in twice the life of lead- acid.

● Light weight and twice as powerful as lead-acid.

● Compact size does not require floors of space (data centers) or secondary cabinets (traffic).

●  Withstands temperature extremes

●  Thomas Edison’s dream battery chemistry.

● ZincFive owns more than 100 issued and pending patents around the technology and chemistry.

● Nickel-zinc is tracking to be the fifth rechargeable battery technology to commercially scale globally.

● Desktop application for onsite and remote viewing, monitoring and managing of UPStealth.

Visit ZincFive at: zincfive.com

Media: Shirley Hancock media@zincfive.com or 503.781.4234

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About ZincFive, Inc.

Winner of the “2017 Most Disruptive Technology Award,” ZincFive, Inc. is the world leader in innovation and delivery of nickel-zinc battery solutions for mission critical industries. With 72 patents and 30 patents pending, ZincFive leverages nickel-zinc chemistry and optimized battery control systems to deliver innovative, environmentally safe, highly recyclable, energy efficient and scalable solutions. ZincFive is a privately held Company based in Wilsonville, Oregon. Visit zincfive.com.