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Redflow completes installation of its biggest zinc bromine flow battery to date

Fri, 01/07/2022 - 09:32 -- Paul Crompton

Flow battery firm Redflow has completed installation of a 2MWh energy storage system for Anaergia in California, US— the Australian firm’s largest single sale of zinc bromide batteries to date.

The energy storage system is designed to reduce peak energy use at clean energy, fertilizer, and recycled water company Anaergia’s Rialto Bioenergy Facility as part of a microgrid. 

The system comprises of 192 zinc-bromine flow batteries, housed in 12 160kWh Redflow Energy Pods and clustered into four strings tied to four 125kW Dynapower inverters.

The microgrid project, funded in part by a grant from the California Energy Commission, consists of the batteries, a biogas conditioning system to support a 2MW biogas-fuelled cogeneration unit and a microgrid control system.

Each of the four battery strings have been successfully charged and discharged and have passed critical acceptance testing criteria. 

The final test of the system will be in January when Siemens plans to integrate the battery into the microgrid controller and the facility can absorb the entire 2MWh load.

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AVL awarded Australian federal government grant to drive growth of VRFB in the region

Tue, 08/03/2021 - 11:10 -- Paul Crompton
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Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL) has secured grant funding to design, build and operate a vanadium battery electrolyte plant and develop vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) prototypes in Australia.

The AUD$3.9 million ($2.8 million) match-funding grant was awarded under the Australian government’s Resources Technology and Critical Minerals Processing National Manufacturing Priority roadmap.

The grant will help AVL establish a high-purity processing circuit to produce battery, chemical and master-alloy grade vanadium pentoxide; build and operate a commercial vanadium electrolyte plant based in Western Australia to support the rollout of vanadium redox flow batteries; and manufacture prototype/demonstration residential and stand-alone VRFB power systems for the Australian markets.

The company is in discussion with offtakers for vanadium electrolyte in addition to vanadium pentoxide.

AVL managing director, Vincent Algar, said the grant would allow AVL to produce vanadium electrolyte commercially to support the development of the long-duration energy storage market, which would play a key role in future grid stability. 

The grant will also allow AVL to finalise its high-purity vanadium pentoxide processing route, manufacture vanadium electrolyte and manufacture prototypes of residential VRFB.

AVL plans to supply vanadium materials to VRFB projects in Australia and in the Asia Pacific Region.  

The electrolyte plant will be the first and only plant of its type in the region when fully completed by 31 March, 2024. 

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ABB and Talga sign MoU to build Europe’s biggest lithium-ion battery anode plant

Wed, 12/02/2020 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton

Australian battery anode company Talga Group and Switzerland technology firm ABB are set to develop and construct a lithium-ion battery anode production facility in Sweden.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the firms will see Talga’s Vittangi Anode Project built in northern Sweden. 

Talga managing director Mark Thompson said the firms plan to build Europe’s largest lithium-ion battery anode production facility for more sustainable batteries.

The anode refinery is expected to begin production in 2023. 

Under the MoU, ABB will supply a suite of production control and process solutions for Talga’s integrated lithium-ion battery anode operations. 

In addition, the companies will work with its partners to provide engineering support for the Vittangi Anode Project Definitive Feasibility Study, due for completion March 2021, with the intent to execute binding agreements for construction and operations in future. 

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EcoGraf tests show recovery of high purity battery anode material from lithium-ion battery materials.

Wed, 08/19/2020 - 15:39 -- Paul Crompton

Australian firm EcoGraf has claimed its proprietary purification process has been successfully applied to recycling battery materials from ‘production scrap’ and ‘black mass’.

In testing undertaken in collaboration with potential customers, the firm’s proprietary purification process has returned results of 98.6-100% carbon from production scrap and 98-99.6% from black mass.

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Redflow receives second order as its zinc bromine flow batteries prove worth in off-grid telecom project

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 09:51 -- Paul Crompton

Australian energy storage company Redflow Limited has received an additional order for its ZBM2 zinc-bromine flow batteries following the successful deployment of its technology by New Zealand’s Rural Connectivity Group (RCG).

The second order of 10 systems follows the successful installation and commissioning of the company’s ZBM2 batteries at two RCG towers in remote locations in New Zealand last December.

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Tier-1 lithium-ion anode maker requests bigger sample after positive test results

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 13:48 -- Paul Crompton

Australian minerals firm Blackearth Minerals has received positive feedback from a Tier-1 lithium-ion battery anode maker on its graphite concentrate mined in Southern Madagascar.

China firm BTR New Energy Materials undertook an in-house test-work program to evaluate the concentrate for suitability as an anode material.

 

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Green tech firm aims to decentralise Australia’s energy model

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 15:01 -- Paul Crompton
Green tech firm aims to decentralise Australia’s energy model

Australian renewables and battery storage management software firm GreenSync has raised $8.7 million (AUS$11.5 million) to take its technology to international markets.

The cash was raised in a Series B funding round led by Australian government-owned Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) which committed $5million (US$3.78million) and Southern Cross Venture Partners. 

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Grid-scale storage to use lead-acid technology

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 14:47 -- Paul Crompton
Grid-scale storage to use lead-acid technology

A 300kW lead-acid and ultracapacitor hybrid energy storage system is being deployed in Ireland using Australian firm Ecoult’s UltraBattery technology.

It will be the first time Ecoult’s UltraBattery has been used in Europe.

The system will be deployed at South Dublin County Council’s (SDCC) Tallaght Smart Grid Testbed and be used to integrate fast-response storage with Ireland’s DS3 electricity grid.

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Australian flow battery ESS firm announce new CEO and COO

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 11:37 -- Paul Crompton
Australian flow battery ESS firm announce new CEO and COO

Australian zinc bromide flow energy storage system firm Redflow has made a series of managerial changes ahead of the first deliveries of its ZCell residential flow batteries.

Redflow executive chairman and shareholder Simon Hackett has been named as acting chief executive officer (CEO).

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