PowerGenix Nickel-Zinc Batteries Pass UL Tests; Certified For Recycling

August 10, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

PowerGenix, manufacturer of nontoxic, safe, high performance rechargeable nickel-zinc (NiZn) batteries, announced that it has met Underwriters Laboratories’ (UL) requirements for household and commercial battery safety and reliability. In testing performed by Motorola Product Testing Services, PowerGenix’s NiZn cells passed UL 2054 standard for use as a power source in products in addition to altitude simulation compliance under UL 1642.

"Underwriters Laboratories’ safety standards are recognized as one of the highest safety benchmarks in the world. These tests deliver peace of mind to manufacturers and end-users that PowerGenix’s NiZn cells are safe and robust, and affirm reliable interface with ac power sources and UL licensed products," said PowerGenix CEO Dan Squiller.

The company also announced it has been certified as an official licensee by the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corp. (RBRC), a nonprofit public service organization dedicated to recycling rechargeable batteries. PowerGenix’s NiZn cells will receive their own unique RBRC Battery Recycling Seal, letting consumers and businesses know the rechargeable batteries may be recycled at more than 50,000 RBRC collection sites in the U.S. and Canada.

Representing more than 350 manufacturers of rechargeable batteries, RBRC licensees comprise more than 90% of the rechargeable battery industry. PowerGenix states that it is the first manufacturer of NiZn technology certified by the RBRC, adding NiZn to its list of accredited chemistries. The chemistry addition is the first for the RBRC in seven years and designates NiZn as the fifth rechargeable chemistry recognized by the organization in addition to Nickel Cadmium (NiCd), Nickel Metal-Hydride (NiMH), Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) and Small Sealed Lead (Pb) rechargeable batteries.