UK-based energy storage company redT has put a 1 megawatt-hour energy storage system (ESS) into operation at Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia.
The company said the vanadium flow/lithium-ion hybrid ESS is the first of its type and believed to be the largest behind the meter commercial and industrial system to be installed in Australia. It is comprised of 12 vanadium flow tank units (giving 900kWh of storage) and a 120kWh lithium-ion battery.
The ESS at Monash’s largest campus in Clayton, Victoria is being introduced as part of the university’s Net Zero initiative— which aims to reduce the university’s carbon emissions to zero by 2030.
redT is primarily a vanadium redox flow manufacturer, though they also— as in this instance— combine these systems with lithium batteries to produce hybrid systems.
Scott Ferraro, director of the Net Zero initiative and Monash University said: “This project will demonstrate the economic benefits of lithium as a short term power solution alongside flow machine technology, which acts as heavy duty, baseload energy storage infrastructure, capturing more solar energy to reduce overall energy costs.”