The manufacturer of a green rechargeable battery says its technology is ready to provide developing countries with cheap affordable carbon-free energy.

NantEnergy zinc-air green rechargeable battery systems now provide power to more than 200,000 people living in over 110 villages in Africa and Asia.

The technology, which uses only zinc and air, “Has now broken the manufacturing cost barrier of $100 per kilowatt hour,” says the energy storage solutions company.

NantEnergy say that the 3,000 microgrids using green rechargeable battery systems that they have installed in nine African and Asian countries provide power to more than 200,000 people living in over 110 villages.

Biotech billionaire, surgeon, and philanthropist Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who is chairman of NantEnergy and founder of its umbrella company NantWorks, says that the system is the safest and most reliable green rechargeable battery in the world.

The global impact of NantEnergy’s installed green rechargeable battery systems has been to remove the need for 1 million lead-acid batteries and to offset more than 4 million litres of diesel fuel.

In the following news video from CNBC, Dr. Soon-Shiong discusses how the green rechargeable battery based on zinc air is going to replace lithium-based ones.