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Breaking News: MGX Renewables Inc. Announces Corporate Name Change and Management Realignment

MGX Renewables Inc. (CSE: MGXR), doing business as Zinc8 Energy Solutions, has provided this corporate update.

Since receiving Canadian Securities Exchange listing on July 8, 2019, and in support of introducing the company’s market-leading, long-duration, low-cost Zinc-Air storage system, the board of directors has approved a corporate name change to Zinc8 Energy Solutions. Zinc8 Energy Solutions better reflects the fact that the breakthrough Zinc-Air energy storage system will be the lowest-cost option for customers requiring eight hours plus of energy storage. The company will commence using this registered business name immediately, and will officially change the company’s name and its stock trading symbol in the coming weeks.

As well, the company wishes to announce the following realignment of the management team.

Effective immediately, Ron MacDonald will be assuming the role of president and chief executive officer of Zinc8 Energy Solutions.

Mr. MacDonald has over 35 years of both public and private sector experience, ranging from international roles within the Parliament of Canada to serving on the boards of numerous publicly listed resource companies.

In recent years, Mr. MacDonald has served as president of NRStor Remote Communities and Mines, a Canadian company based in Toronto, focused on partnering with off-grid indigenous communities and mines to develop renewable energy and energy storage projects. This led to two projects currently being developed in northern British Columbia and Nunavut. Mr. MacDonald was the executive chairman and director of American Vanadium Corp. (vanadium supply chain and CellCube energy storage system), and he was executive chairman of Critical Elements Corp. (lithium). Mr. MacDonald has also been a contributor to the EU Commission Framework 7 policy paper on “Scarcity of Strategic Minerals,” and a presenter at conferences throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia on strategic minerals needed to support the renewable energy and storage industries.

Mr. MacDonald served for over a decade as a federal Member of Parliament for Halifax, N.S., during which time the Prime Minister of Canada appointed him as Parliamentary Secretary of International Trade. Mr. MacDonald served for five years as president and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries, Canada’s largest lumber manufacturing, grading and marketing group, where he developed new markets in China, Korea, India and Japan. Mr. MacDonald was also a director and founding member of Canada Wood, one of Canada’s most successful marketing programs opening up global markets for Canadian wood products.

Continuing to serve on the board of directors are:

Michael Reimann (PhD):  director and chief financial officer

Jared Lazerson:  director

Lyndon Patrick (LLB):  director

David Hodge:  director

Mr. Macdonald:  director, president and CEO

Zinc8 energy storage system

The Zinc8 ESS is a modular energy storage system designed to deliver power in the range 20 kilowatts to 50 megawatts and energy storage in the range of 120 kilowatts per hour to one gigawat per hour over extended periods of time. With the advantage of rechargeable zinc-air battery technology, the system can be configured to support a wide range of discharge power, recharge power and duty cycle requirements. Since the energy storage capacity of the system is determined only by the size of the zinc storage tank, a very cost-effective and scalable solution now exists as an alternative to the fixed power/energy ratio of the lithium ion battery.


The Zinc8 ESS is based upon unique patented zinc-air battery technology. Energy is stored in the form of zinc particles, similar in size to grains of sand. When the system is delivering power, the zinc particles are combined with oxygen drawn from the surrounding air. When the system is recharging, zinc particles are regenerated, and oxygen is returned to the surrounding air.


The flexibility of the Zinc8 ESS enables it to service a wide range of applications. Typical examples include:

Storing and smoothing energy derived from renewable sources such as wind and solar;

Commercial, industrial backup replacing diesel generators;

Industrial-scale, on-demand power for peak shaving or standby;

Grid-scale energy storage for energy trading and arbitrage.


The Zinc8 ESS is designed according to a modular architecture that enables a wide variety of system configurations to be created from a small number of common subsystems. Each subsystem implements a single element of the technology: the zinc regeneration subsystem (ZRS) provides the recharging function; the fuel storage subsystem (FSS) provides the energy storage function; the power generation subsystem (PGS) provides the discharging function.

About Zinc8 Energy Solutions

Zinc8 has assembled an experienced team to execute the development and commercialization of a dependable, low-cost, zinc-air battery. This mass storage system offers both environmental and efficiency benefits. Zinc8 strives to meet the growing need for secure and reliable power.

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