In-Q-Tel is investing in a rechargeable battery manufacturer with the goal of expanding zinc-based battery technology and evaluating performance in multiple fields.
Imprint Energy said Thursday the partnership will help further develop the Zinc Poly battery technology for small portable electronics and could potentially become an alternative to lithium ion polymer counterparts.
“Imprint Energy“™s technology advancements fall in an area of important interest for both our government customers and the broader commercial market,“ said Syd Ulvick, senior vice president for In-Q-Tel’s physical and biological technologies practice.
Imprint Energy CEO Devin MacKenzie said the partnership will explore how U.S. intelligence agencies can use the technology.
The company, headquartered in the Oakland, Calif. region, develops the batteries primarily for mobile accessories, compact wireless devices, wearable technology, health and fitness monitoring and medical devices.
Founded in 2010, the company also receives backing from Dow Chemical.
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