Vsun Energy, the wholly owned subsidiary of Australian Vanadium, is set to install a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) energy storage system at a dairy farm in Victoria, Australia.
The system will deliver at least four hours of supply while allowing the farm to eventually increase its onsite renewable generation and consumption to 100%.
The 320kWh VRFB will be connected to a 450kW solar system with an 80kW power and be deployed in collaboration with renewable systems provider Profit Share Power.
The flow battery is being supplied by US-based manufacturer Avalon Battery, which has entered into an agreement with South African vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals, to provide a leasing option for vanadium electrolyte to drive down CAPX of the systems.
The sale follows the installation of a 20kW/80kWh VRFB at an orchard in Pakenham, Victoria, to maximise its solar power consumption.
Again working with Profit Share Power, the companies will install the battery alongside an existing 60kW solar array and add a further 100kW of new PV generation.
Although the Australian projects are small scale, VRFB technology has the potential to be scaled up to many hundreds of MWh, such as that being built by Chinese manufacturer VRB Energy.
The company began the first stage of a 100MW/500MWh project began this January with the commissioning of phase one of a 10MW/40MWh project in Hubei Zaoyang.
The system is being installed to integrate a large solar photovoltaic system into the grid at Zaoyang