Materials company Australian Vanadium’s (AVL) vertical integration model has moved a step closer after its first flow battery left the factory and work on its pilot plant began.
Installation and commissioning of Western Australia’s first vanadium flow battery is due in September after the battery left GILDEMEISTER’s Austrian factory last week.
Earlier this year AVL signed a dealership agreement with GILDEMEISTER allowing its wholly owned subsidiary VSUN Pty to market and sell the German company’s CellCube products in Australia for a five-year period.
Last week also saw construction start on AVL’s electrolyte pilot plant.
The drive towards a vertically integrated business model comes as AVL develops its Gabanintha Vanadium project in Western Australia.
AVL’s managing director Vincent Algar was recently made the chairman of not-for-profit international organisation Vanitec’s newly created Energy Storage Committee.
Vanitec’s members include all the world’s major vanadium producers.
Its role is to identify future global vanadium demand, the quality required and OH&S guidelines surrounding electrolyte production and distribution.
The Energy Storage Committee will report to the Vanitec Market Development Committee and will oversee developments in the energy industry market for vanadium.