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Investment to drive growth in vanadium redox flow battery deployment

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 08:37 -- paul Crompton
VRB Energy’s quality assurance team performing final inspections on the cell stacks and electrolyte tanks

Flow battery firm VRB Energy aims to accelerate growth following investment from Thailand renewable energy companies BCPG.

VRB will use the $24 million to support the rollout of its Gen3 VRB-ESS vanadium redox flow battery, expand manufacturing capacity and vertical integration of vanadium processing.

The investment includes the two firms working together to add storage to existing and planned projects to optimise system performance and revenues, as well as exploring other business development opportunities in Thailand, including “localisation of manufacturing”.

BCPG’s support validates VRB Energy’s advanced-flow battery technology as the ideal solution for integrating solar and wind power across the region.

VRB Energy chairman Robert Friedland said the investment reinforced their belief that flow batteries were a game-changing technology, and would be a catalyst for integration of “massive amounts” of renewable energy around the region.

Pichai Chunhavajira, BCPG’s chairman, will be appointed to the Board of Directors of VRB Energy upon the completion of the transaction.

Beyond the Asia-Pacific region, VRB Energy is in discussions with developers and utilities in the US, Europe and South Africa for 100MW-class PV+VRB projects.

In March, VRB Energy announced a framework agreement that set out plans for a gigafactory, R&D institute and energy storage system deployment in China. 

The plans included a 100MW/500MWh vanadium flow battery integrated power station project.

Photos: VRB Energy’s quality assurance team performing final inspections on the cell stacks and electrolyte tanks of the 3MW / 12MWh VRB-ESS at the Hubei Xiangyang project.

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Flow battery report shows benefits to port but could the tech one-day power ships

Fri, 07/17/2020 - 09:40 -- paul Crompton

A six-month feasibility study at Portsmouth, UK, port has demonstrated how flow batteries offer a more cost effective solution to reducing the shipping industry’s emissions than conventional lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries. 

Despite being larger than traditional batteries per kWh the Shore Power for Shipping (SPIDS) project found flow batteries can reduce the peak power of a port’s network connection to only 10-20% of the grid power required using traditional batteries.

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US tests show VRFB potential can replace lithium-ion in microgrid applications

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 11:38 -- paul Crompton

US energy storage firm Ameresco has completed the initial phase of a three-stage investigation into how flow batteries can support, and possibly replace, diesel generators in microgrid applications.

Phase one of the project—conducted in partnership with consultancy firm 2ndPath Energy—evaluated vanadium-redox flow (VRF) battery technology with the aim of offering feedback to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the wider industry.

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CMI Energy launches mixed-tech BESS pilot in Belgium

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
CMI pilot project

Belgium-based engineering group CMI Energy has launched a full-scale pilot project that integrates solar with battery energy storage at the firm’s headquarters in Seraing.

The Micro Réseau Intégré Seraing (MiRIS) energy storage pilot plant comprises a 2MWp (megawatt peak— indicating the maximum output of a plant) 1.75 gigawatt-hours per year (GWh/yr) solar PV system, with 6,500 rooftop and carport panels. The 4.2 megawatt-hour energy storage system consists of a lithium-ion system and “two separate flow battery systems”.

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Redflow to supply batteries for South African telecoms towers

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Tim Harris

Australian flow battery producer Redflow has won an order to supply five of their zinc-bromine units to provide standby energy storage for remote telecoms towers in South Africa.

The sale was made through Redflow’s long-term South African partner, Specialized Solar Systems (SSS), which Redflow said it has worked with to enable its batteries to serve as standby power systems (SPS).

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Investment firm plans multi-million energy storage cash raise

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:38 -- John Shepherd
Investment firm plans multi-million energy storage cash raise

UK-based investment firm Gore Street Energy Storage Fund has unveiled plans to raise GBP100 million ($139m) in an initial public offering to invest in utility-scale energy storage projects.

Gore Street said it would raise funds on the main market of the London Stock Exchange to invest “mainly in the UK”— but would also consider projects in North America and Western Europe.

 

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UltraCharge raising AUD2.5m ‘to accelerate Li-ion tech’

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 10:53 -- Xuan Zhong
UltraCharge raising AUD2.5m ‘to accelerate Li-ion tech’

Israel-based lithium and flow battery developer UltraCharge has told BBB it is finalising a raise of AUD2.5 million ($1.9m) to boost battery tech investments.

The CEO of Australia-listed UltraCharge Kobi Ben-Shabat (pictured) said the cash would be used in part to expand development of titanium dioxide (TiO2) as an alternative to graphite in the anodes of lithium-ion batteries, in a bid to improve fast charging capabilities, lifespan and safety.

 

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Redflow wins repeat flow batteries order

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 09:55 -- News Editor
Redflow wins repeat flow batteries order

Australian flow battery maker Redflow has won a second US$600,000 (A$750,000) order for zinc-bromine batteries for a major energy storage project in the Pacific Islands.

The repeat order, from New Zealand-based Hitech Solutions, comes just a few months after Redflow supplied its ZBM2 batteries for Hitech’s construction of “advanced hybrid energy storage solutions” at a number of telecoms sites.

 

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Solstice sun ‘smiling on flow battery industry’

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 09:46 -- paul Crompton
Solstice sun ‘smiling on flow battery industry’

As the northern hemisphere ushers in the summer solstice on 21 June, the auspicious event augurs well for the upcoming International Flow Battery Forum (IFBF) in the UK, say organisers.

Flow battery technology is definitely benefiting from its time in the sun, according to the IFBF. The range of industries represented at the 8th annual forum, which gets under way in Manchester on 27 June, are drawn “from the broader energy space”, the IFBF said.

IFBF organiser Anthony Price said industries represented in Manchester will include “large users of power, computing, transport and infrastructure companies and funds”.

“We need to start thinking about much bigger market opportunities for flow batteries,” Price said.

“The whole energy storage industry has seen a revolution,” Price added. “Storage is now integral to the whole power system and just constraining the market to large scale installations ignores the huge value that there is in storage behind the meter, close to small substations and most importantly seizing the opportunities from widespread distributed renewable generation and now the electric vehicle revolution.”

“The early days for flow batteries included research into refillable electric vehicles, where electrolyte was physically exchanged to achieve the fast charge,” Price said. “Although this did not make the cut six or seven years ago, it is quite likely with the new organic and low cost electrolytes that the next generation of EVs will have flow battery capability, and it is very likely that EV charging stations will be supported by larger scale flow battery based energy storage in order to overcome local power distribution constraints.”

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Tesla ‘silver bullet’ drives Australian ESS firms to call for open tender process

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Tesla ‘silver bullet’ drives Australian ESS firms to call for open tender process

Considering lithium-ion as the only viable energy storage technology in an A$550 million ($423 million) energy plan is “unwise”, say a scientific research group in Australia.

A better option for large-scale storage would be flow batteries Dr. Sam Behrens, the research manager at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), was quoted as saying to ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

 

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