Invinity Energy Systems gained £11 million ($14million) in match funding from the UK government to build the largest grid-scale battery ever manufactured in the UK.
It said the Vanadium Flow Battery Longer Duration Energy Asset Demonstrator (VFB LEAD) project will see a 30MWh Invinity VFB system deployed at a key node on the National Grid.
The battery, which will be capable of delivering more than 7MW of power on demand, will utilise the fast-response and high-throughput characteristics of Invinity’s battery technology to provide a broad range of services.
The company said the battery, with 30MWh capacity, will be around six times bigger than its battery system at the Energy Superhub Oxford and will be one of the world’s largest flow batteries. It will be able to deliver full power for a discharge duration of over four hours, and is expected to be the largest long duration battery asset connected to the UK grid.
It said VFB technology is a leading alternative to lithium-ion batteries as it is safer (cannot catch fire), more durable (does not degrade with use) and more than 97% recyclable at the end of their 25+ year life.
Matt Harper, Chief Commercial Officer at Invinity said its batteries have been, or are being, deployed at more than 70 sites worldwide, including the UK.
Photo: Invinity’s 5MWh VFB at the Energy Superhub Oxford