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VRFB firms RedT and Avalon merge to topple lithium-ion’s place as first choice for ESS projects

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 10:07 -- Paul Crompton

Vanadium redox flow battery firms RedT Energy and Avalon Battery Corporation have finalised a merger with the goal of becoming a key competitor to lithium-ion technology in the growing energy storage markets.

The new firm is called Invinity Energy Systems (Invinity), and combines the existing strengths of both the UK-based RedT and the US-based Avelon.

The merger was agreed on 1 April following a shareholder meeting.

Larry Zulch, CEO of Invinity (former CEO of Avalon), said: “The merged company will be a world leader in flow batteries. This gives us the platform to compete head-to-head against incumbent lithium-ion giants, and in so doing prove that our robust, safe, non-degrading energy storage solutions are the best option for delivering the world’s ambitious decarbonisation targets.

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Commercial start for vanadium electrolyte using novel tech in Canada

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:43 -- Hugh Finzel
Commercial start for vanadium electrolyte using novel tech in Canada

Canada’s Electrochem Technologies & Materials has started commercial production of all-vanadium equimolar electrolyte solutions directly from vanadium pentoxide purchased on the market by using a novel process.

Production of the electrolyte for vanadium redox flow batteries “is now performed on demand” at Electrochem’s facilities in Quebec, using the company’s proprietary VRFBEX unit.

The process uses VEPT (VanadiumCorp-Electrochem processing technology)— which has been jointly developed with Vancouver-based mining and technology firm VanadiumCorp Resource.

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