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Hybrid lithium-VRFB system developed for power management applications

Thu, 09/09/2021 - 10:50 -- paul Crompton

Vanadium product recycler AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group has built its first lithium-vanadium hybrid battery for industrial power management applications. 

AMG’s hybrid lithium-vanadium redox flow battery (LIVA) uses the lithium battery for fast discharging including black start; the vanadium battery, which is charged by the grid, is used to recharge the lithium battery.

The first LIVA system will be installed in one of AMG’s German manufacturing plants and is scheduled to go online in the first quarter of next year. 

Engineering has started for three more systems, two in Germany and one in the US. 

AMG Engineering is building the integrated system, with its subsidiaries AMG Titanium & Coatings supplying the vanadium electrolyte, and AMG Lithium designing the lithium portion of the battery. 

AI technology acquisition

To solve the need for an advanced software solution is essential, AMG bought German firm Phyr7, which specialises in artificial intelligence-based power-management solutions. 

Phyr7 will be renamed LIVA Power Management Systems and be established with an initial capitalisation of €5 million ($6 million).  

The Phyr 7 software ecosystem maximises the efficiency, safety and lifetime of the batteries, and enables the economic integration of sector coupling strategies with renewable energies and green hydrogen.

Dr. Volker Koelln (pictured), founder of Phyr7, will be the CEO of LIVA Power Management Systems, and Holger Mueller-Rink will be its CFO, holding the same position at AMG Lithium. 

Dr. Stefan Scherer chairs the company’s Supervisory Board.

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VRFB firm appoints new VP in readiness of 1.4GWh manufacturing facility

Wed, 05/26/2021 - 10:36 -- paul Crompton
VRFB firm appoints new VP in readiness of 1.4GWh manufacturing facility

Vertically-integrated vanadium firm Largo Resources has appointed Salvatore Minopoli as vice president of operations at its subsidiary Largo Clean Energy.

Minopli will have overall responsibility for commercial development and implementation of the strategic business growth plan at the Canadian company.

Minopoli has developed and executed utility-scale projects in both regulated and merchant energy markets, and most recently served as vice president of UK liquid-air energy storage firm Highview Power.

In April, Largo secured a location for its stack manufacturing and product development center in Massachusetts, US, with an expected annual nameplate manufacturing capacity of 1.4GWh. 

The company also approved a location in New Hampshire, US, for its clean energy division’s electrolyte production and manufacturing of containerised vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) systems.

The Company is progressing with the certification of its VCHARGE± system under UL1973 and UL9540 requirements.

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Mining firm buys rights to patented vanadium recovery process

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 09:17 -- paul Crompton

Mining firm VanadiumCorp Resource has become the sole owner of a vanadium recovery process following a patent purchase agreement (PPA) with fellow Canada based Electrochem Technologies and Materials. 

The PPA sees VanadiumCorp take control of all patent rights for the VanadiumCorp-Electrochem Processing Technology (VEPT), including the entire intellectual property portfolio.

Bushveld and Invinity JV to rent electrolyte to vanadium redox flow battery developers

Fri, 09/11/2020 - 10:16 -- paul Crompton

Vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals has formed a company with Invinity Energy Systems to rent vanadium electrolyte to energy storage system end users. 

The new company is part of Bushveld Minerals' strategy of supplying material, electrolyte and electrolyte rental products to vanadium redox flow battery companies, which it announced last November. 

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Enerox now 90% owned by investment consortium championing VRFB deployment

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 10:02 -- paul Crompton

Vertically integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals has increased its share capital of vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) maker Enerox by 65.1% through investment firm Enerox Holdings.

The deal, first announced last December, is part of Bushveld’s goal of generating capital to support the growth of VRFB original equipment manufacturers.

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Australian Vanadium signs vanadium flow battery LoI with two Chinese firms

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:04 -- paul Crompton

Australian Vanadium (AVL) has signed an agreement with two Chinese firms that could lead to the antipodean mining firm developing a vanadium materials supply chain.

The non-binding letter of intent (LoI) with Hebei Yanshan Vanadium and Titanium Industry Technology Research (a subsidiary of HBIS Group Chengsteel Chengsteel— the world’s third largest vanadium producer), was announced by AVL on 15 January.

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Battery materials miner opens research laboratory to speed up process

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 16:05 -- paul Crompton

Battery metals firm American Battery Metals Corporation has opened a chemistry and research laboratory to analyse data on its vanadium and lithium mining claims and drill sites.

The Nevada, US, miner will conduct in-house research and analysis before, during, and after its work in the field. 

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Canadian firm in vanadium R&D deal with US lab

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:06 -- John Shepherd
Canadian firm in vanadium R&D deal with US lab

Canadian junior mining firm Golden Share Resources Corporation has signed an agreement worth an estimated $906 million with a US government laboratory for R&D into novel vanadium based solid-state battery technologies.

Golden Share said it had signed the deal with Battelle Memorial Institute, which runs the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for the US Department of Energy.

 

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Historic moment as flow battery and vanadium companies signs MoU

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 11:59 -- paul Crompton
Historic moment as flow battery and vanadium companies signs MoU

US flow battery maker Vionx Energy has entered into a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Canadian vanadium producer Largo Resources.

The MOU outlines the principal terms upon which Vionx will base a final deal in which it will use Largo’s vanadium electrolyte in its Vanadium Redox Battery (VRB) systems.

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Yellow Rock undergoes name change as it ups vanadium focus

Fri, 12/11/2015 - 09:55 -- paul Crompton
Yellow Rock undergoes name change as it ups vanadium focus

An Australian vanadium supplier has identified so much potential in the supply of vanadium for electrolytes that it has changed its name to reflect its future direction.

Formerly Yellow Rock Resources, the company now called Australian Vanadium is pushing exploration in the remote Gabanintha area in Western Australia, where there is a sizeable deposit of vanadium.

Although Australian Vanadium has copper, gold and uranium prospects in Australia, vanadium has become its priority

The company has hired Emeritus Professor Maria Skyllas-Kazacos of the University of New South Wales for her expertise in assessing the global market for vanadium electrolyte and to identify the best way to process the material for this market.

Skyllas-Kazacos was instrumental in inventing the all-vanadium redox flow cell battery in 1985, and has continued developing the technology at the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

She oversaw the installation of the Gildemeister Cell Cube 130kWh vanadium flow battery on the campus earlier this year, which was the first major installation of a large vanadium redox battery in Australia. 

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