ZAF Energy Systems Deploys First Data Center to Run on Nickel Zinc Batteries
ZAF, in collaboration with CPG, will deploy Nickel Zinc batteries into a Global Data Center Operator in Atlanta.
January 237, 2020 –– ZAF Energy Systems Inc. (ZAF), a developer of next-generation battery technology, and CPG, a data center facilities integrator, announced today their successful implementation of the world’s first nickel-zinc battery retrofit into a data center located in Atlanta, GA.
While CPG has been investigating leading edge battery technology for several years, ZAF proved to be the right NiZn partner based on its extensive expertise in special applications, such as transportation, medical and military.
“The deployment into a global data center operator with a respected partner such as CPG will send a message to the market that NiZn is a viable solution for this application because of the economic and technical advantages it offers.“ said ZAF Energy Systems Vice President of Business Development Kirk Plautz. The data center, UPS and telecom markets are part of a market segment that is expected to grow from $20B to $38B by 2024, and a primary target market for ZAF’s NiZn technology.
“The replacement of VRLA with NiZn batteries was made seamless with ZAF providing front terminals to match the original form factor. In addition to reducing weight by over 65 percent, ZAF’s NiZn batteries have exhibited proven top-of-class performance through extensive testing. CPG anticipates broad future opportunities to apply ZAF nickel-zinc battery technology based on favorable CapEx, OpEx, lifespan, and minimal environmental impact.” said CPG Vice President Jim Marsh. ZAF’s NiZn batteries have potential uses in a wide range of applications including automotive, heavy trucking, remote telecom, renewable energy, and marine. They are also poised to disrupt the $50 billion conventional lead acid battery market with their ability to provide twice the storage capacity and three times the cycle life of legacy lead acid batteries in a smaller, lighter package.
About ZAF Energy Systems, Inc.
Incorporated in 2011 and with locations in northwestern Montana and southwest Missouri, ZAF Energy Systems develops and commercializes next-generation battery technologies that use sustainable, non‑toxic materials and can be safely and easily recycled. Its breakthrough battery technologies include a nickel zinc (NiZn) chemistry and a zinc air chemistry, both of which deliver the highest power and energy density of any battery system in their class. ZAF’s rechargeable batteries provide long-life and economical solutions in a safe package for a variety of applications, including electric vehicles, commercial trucking, renewables integration, back-up power, consumer electronics, mobility, and recreation vehicles. For more information, visit: www.zafsys.com
About CPG. Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, CPG is at the heart of the data center industry. CPG experts are the innovators for cutting-edge data center and cloud solutions. For 20 years, CPG has been providing full-life cycle, mission-critical infrastructure solutions to some of the world’s most demanding companies by combining and applying the latest facilities infrastructure power, cooling, security and controls at all scales and densities, including modular and hyperscale. In addition, CPG continues to provide predictive analytics and battery asset management services, helping data centers around the globe maximize uptime and ensure efficient asset management of critical backup power systems. For more information visit: www.CPGbeyondthecloud.com
Industry Veterans Join Leadership Team Focused On Growth
CPG Beyond, Inc. today announced two exciting additions to its leadership and corporate governance teams. Scott Davis has been added to the CPG Board of Directors and Ben Pawson has joined CPG as its new Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.
Scott Davis has joined the CPG Board of Directors as its newest Independent Board Member. Scott brings over 30 years of Data Center industry experience, specializing in the engineering, design and operation of high-reliability, hyperscale facilities. Scott was formerly the Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President for DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc., (DFT); where he was responsible for the design and management of DFT’s portfolio of Data Centers. Prior to joining DFT, Mr. Davis served for eight years at AOL where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of all of AOL's domestic and international data centers.
“I’m excited to join the CPG Board where I believe my experience, perspective, and industry relationships will assist CPG with their continued accelerated growth,” said Davis. “Scott’s relationships and knowledge around building and operating data centers in a demanding market will prove invaluable to our team as we continue our growth strategy,” says Tom Mertz, CPG’s CEO. “Scott will be a terrific addition to our Board and we’re excited to leverage his experience and leadership input” said Patrick Hendy, Columbia Capital partner and CPG Board Member.
In addition, Ben Pawson joins CPG as the new CFO. Ben most recently served as Chief Accounting Officer and Controller at Presidio where he oversaw corporate accounting governance, assisted with mergers and acquisitions and managed financial controls. Ben has more than 18 years of experience in finance and accounting, with focus in mergers and acquisitions, capital market transactions, private and public company financial reporting, financial modeling, income taxes and internal controls. “I’m excited to bring my focus on Financial Controls, M&A integration and managing a rapidly growing service-based business to CPG,” said Pawson. “Ben’s background in working with private equity firms to develop controls and corporate governance while managing a high growth business will be a terrific addition to our Executive Team,” says Tom Mertz.
CPG Beyond Inc is a full-service Data Center Services firm specializing in Design, Build, Operations and Maintenance of Data Centers. In January, CPG recapitalized with financial partner Columbia Capital and merged with Columbia portfolio company Canara to form one of the largest data center service providers in the industry.
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About CPG: Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, CPG is at the heart of the data center industry. CPG experts are the innovators for cutting-edge data center and cloud solutions. For 20 years, CPG has been providing full-life cycle, mission-critical infrastructure solutions to some of the world’s most demanding companies by combining and applying the latest facilities infrastructure power, cooling, security and controls at all scales and densities, including modular and hyperscale. In addition, CPG continues to provide predictive analytics and battery asset management services, helping data centers around the globe maximize uptime and ensure efficient asset management of critical backup power systems.
CPG, in tandem with Canara, to lead the way with predictive analytics
designed to transform the data center industry
ASHBURN, VA – January 30, 2019 – CPG announced today that funds managed by Columbia Capital, a private equity firm focused on internet infrastructure, enterprise IT, and mobility, with over $3B in fund commitments raised, will acquire a majority interest in the company and merge them with Canara, a Columbia Capital portfolio company. The transaction will provide CPG with increased access to capital in support of its aggressive growth strategy, while the merger will allow CPG to leverage Canara’s proprietary predictive analytics software and expand their cutting-edge capabilities in the data center industry. The newly formed entity will operate under the CPG company name and Tom Mertz, former CEO of Canara, will serve as CEO. CPG Managing Partners Gerry Jepson and Anthony Rizzo will remain material shareholders and continue to manage day-to-day operations of their existing business units.
“We have been looking for a world-class service organization to support the ongoing growth of Canara’s predictive analytics platform,” said Patrick Hendy, partner at Columbia Capital. “CPG’s long-standing reputation for excellent service, combined with their strong management team and focus on partnerships, made them the perfect choice. To this end, CPG’s Managing Partners, Gerry Jepson and Anthony Rizzo, will play an integral role in the new senior management team and have been named Presidents of their respective divisions.”
“When Columbia Capital acquired Canara in 2012, we developed a strategic plan to leverage our proprietary technology platform supported by world-class services,” says Tom Mertz, CEO. “At Canara, we’ve had tremendous success applying our predictive technology to batteries then leveraging our service platform to more effectively manage battery assets. With this merger, we will expand beyond batteries; fully realizing our strategic vision to leverage our technology to better design, build and operate the data centers of the future. It’s a very exciting time for all of us.”
“Columbia Capital has a proven track record of success and expertise in the data center category and their backing will allow us to deliver products and services that will take both CPG and our customers to the next level,” says Gerry Jepson. “Leveraging Canara’s proprietary predictive analytics software will enable us to take advantage of the industry trends in AI and Big Data to optimize our service offerings and maximize the benefits to our partners.”
“This recapitalization will enable us to continue to fund the exponential growth CPG has been experiencing over the past several years,” adds Anthony Rizzo. “We’ve just scratched the surface of the potential in this industry and this move positions CPG to help reshape the global data center industry.”
About CPG: Headquartered in Ashburn, Virginia, CPG is at the heart of the data center industry. CPG experts are the innovators for cutting-edge data center and cloud solutions. For 20 years, CPG has been providing full-life cycle, mission-critical infrastructure solutions to some of the world’s most demanding companies by combining and applying the latest facilities infrastructure power, cooling, security and controls at all scales and densities, including modular and hyperscale. www.CPGbeyondthecloud.com.
About Canara: With over 20 years of experience in the data center industry, Canara is a leading provider of predictive analytics and battery asset management services. Canara Critical Power Analytics helps data centers across the globe maximize uptime and ensure efficient asset management of critical backup power systems. Canara Battery Services offers full turnkey battery services. Together, Canara's seasoned team of critical power analysts and field services team provide unmatched visibility and intelligence into essential operations in order to detect potential threats, prevent problems and protect assets. Headquartered in Atlanta and with a West Coast hub in San Rafael, California, Canara’s customers include leading global companies such as Equinix, Cyxtera, Digital Realty Trust, Cologix, and Fidelity Investments. For more information, please visit www.canara.com and follow @Canara on Twitter.