Renewable-energy storage firm Gelion Technologies and lead-acid battery maker Battery Energy Power Solutions will partner to manufacture and commercialise non-flow zinc-bromide systems in Australia.
The partnership represents the next stage of commercialisation for Gelion. With the stationary batteries due to be deployed in production trials next year ahead of commercial availability.
Battery Energy will provide manufacturing scale-up of Gelion’s Endure battery at its site in Sydney, Australia.
Gelion was founded in 2015 by professor Thomas Maschmeyer as a spin-out from the University of Sydney.
The Endure energy storage system (ESS) is suitable for irrigation, water purification and desalination systems, remote communities, mining facilities and agriculture.
The ESS can be completely discharged and recharged with no loss of function.
Gelion Technologies’ CEO Andrew Grimes said: “Our vision is to play a leading role in the transition to clean energy across the globe. The partnership is both an environmental and business breakthrough – and a win for local manufacturing, given Australian know-how often goes overseas for production.
“In the coming months, we will be focused on demonstrating our next-generation battery systems in-field in Australia, commencing later this year.”
According to Wood Mackenzie’s ‘Global Energy Storage Outlook H1 2021’, total overall investment in the grid connected energy storage market could be up to $86 billion globally by 2025, with Australia representing 8% of global energy storage investment.