Energy Storage News

MoU paves way for residential and small-scale VRFB deployment in Australia
Energy Storage Publishing - 23 September 2020
Australian Vanadium (AVL) has signed two memorandum of understandings (MoU) in the past few weeks to supply vanadium redox flow battery makers with material from its planned Gabanintha Project in the US. Read More

Best membrane for vanadium redox flow batteries
PV Magazine - 22 September 2020
A new research paper looks at the membranes used for applications in vanadium redox flow batteries. It outlines various membrane technologies and the obstacles to bringing batteries to mass production. Read More
Australian Vanadium's Vincent Algar details collaboration agreement with CEC VRFB
Proactive - 16 September 2020
Australian Vanadium Ltd's (ASX:AVL) Vincent Algar speaks to Proactive following the news they've signed a collaboration agreement for product development and vanadium pentoxide and electrolyte supply with Chinese residential vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) producer Gui Zhou Collect Energy Century Science and Technology Co Ltd, (trading as CEC VRFB Co. Ltd). Read More

Vanadium redox flow battery for storage of wind and solar power
PV Magazine - 22 September 2020
Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) have developed a kilowatt-scale vanadium redox flow battery to store electricity generated by wind and solar projects. The researchers said the system, which is the first of its kind to be manufactured in India, can be directly deployed in industrial-scale stacks for grid-level storage. “The efficacy of the new designs has been verified experimentally,” they said. Read More

IIT-M develops alternatives to conventional Li-ion batteries
Telangana Today - 11 September 2020
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) on Thursday said its researchers have made significant advances in developing alternatives to conventional lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries for industrial usage.
Such advances are crucial as India is aiming to achieve 40 percent of its total electricity generation from non-fossil fuel sources such as solar and wind by the year 2030, the Institute said.
According to the researchers, the study into vanadium redox flow battery stack development opens up possibilities for the indigenous fabrication of flow battery stacks by MSME units for domestic and grid-level energy storage applications. Read More

Australian Vanadium higher on signing MOU for vanadium offtake with market leader of VRFB energy storage systems
Proactive - 9 September 2020
Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX:AVL) is higher after signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for potential offtake of vanadium products with Enerox GmbH, a global market leader of CellCube vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) energy storage systems. 
The MOU creates a cooperative environment to establish binding agreements for offtake of vanadium pentoxide and vanadium electrolyte from the planned Australian Vanadium Project at Gabanintha to support global sales and services of Enerox’s VRFB product CellCube. Read More

Battery trends: Innovative rent model for vanadium electrolyte
ESI Africa - 7 September 2020
Global flow battery company Invinity Energy Systems, has partnered with integrated vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals, to offer an electrolyte rental option for Invinity’s Vanadium Flow Batteries (VFBs).
Vanadium Electrolyte Rental Limited (VERL) has been formed as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) by Invinity Energy Systems and Bushveld Minerals to give Invinity’s customers the option to rent vanadium electrolyte – a key component in Invinity’s non-degrading energy storage modules – over the life of a project instead of purchasing it upfront. Read More

Bushveld advances electrolyte, solar, mini-grid projects
Mining Weekly - 2 September 2020
Bushveld Energy intends devising self-generation options for all of Bushveld’s existing and future electrical energy needs at its operations.
Current aggregate loads of 21 MW are expected to increase to more than 50 MW after the completion of expansion and refurbishment programmes and this need has the potential of more than 125 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) and 180 MWh of battery energy storage systems within the group’s facilities. Read More

Ferro-Alloy Resources electrolyte for vanadium flow batteries
Directors Talk Interviews - 2 September 2020
Ferro-Alloy Resources Limited (LON:FAR), the vanadium mining and processing company with operations based in Southern Kazakhstan, has announced that the Company has developed technology for the production of electrolyte for vanadium flow batteries (“VFBs”).
Ferro-Alloy has developed the technology and applied for a patent for the production of vanadium electrolyte directly from ammonium metavanadate. Vanadium electrolyte is used in the operation of VFBs. Read More

VRB Energy claims to be ‘leading contender’ for massive flow battery projects in China
Energy Storage News - 26 August 2020 
The new CEO at VRB Energy, a maker of vanadium redox flow battery energy storage devices, claims that ongoing improvements to its technologies will allow it to outcompete lithium-ion energy storage in the coming years. VRB Energy has 30MWh of systems deployed worldwide to date, in China, the company said it is in the running to deliver some of the multiple-hundred megawatt-hour flow battery projects planned by the central government. Read More

Flow Batteries: Technology Synergies Will Provide Grid Stabilization
Homer Microgrid News - 24 August 2020
Energy storage technologies appear to be following a trajectory similar to renewable generation. As prices continue to drop and innovative solutions emerge, competition is on the rise and greater efficiencies are created. It’s still early days for the battery market, and a variety of battery technologies are jostling for the leading position. Read More

Russian chemists proposed a new design of flow batteries
EurekAlert - 18 August 2020
Flow batteries can operate with different types of electrolytes. The most common (including those that are installed in China and are being introduced in other countries) utilize vanadium electrolytes, namely solutions of vanadium salts. Exactly on this electrolyte Russian scientists tested their cell design. They sorted out various types of flow fields, varied the electrolyte flow rate and obtained results that on a qualitative level coincide with the best world studies and on a quantitative level even slightly surpass them: the power of tested MEA slightly exceeded the power of similar cells on graphite. Read More

Flow batteries – What can you use them for?
EE World - 18 August 2020
Flow batteries are suited for use in several application areas, including utility-scale energy storage, microgrids, renewables integration, backup power, and remote and off-grid power. Flow batteries are highly scalable, and their power and energy ratings can also be scaled independently. They have very little or no self-discharge current. Read More

European Commission funds research into hybrid VRFB energy storage system
Energy Storage Publishing - 12 August 2020
The European Commission is backing plans by scientists in Russia to develop a hybrid energy storage system combining a vanadium flow battery and supercapacitor. During the next three years, researchers at Moscow’s research institute Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) will work on the HyFlow energy storage system. Read More

Battery Storage Is Delivering Value For Solar Developers And Energy Consumers. But What About Cost?
Forbes - 6 August 2020
“If low electricity prices remain, what will it mean for future the grid and the electricity market?” asks Matt Harper, chief commercial officer for Invinity Energy Systems that makes “flow batteries.” “Battery storage can take advantage of abundant and low-cost power: it consumes excess power during the day and redeploys that electricity during the peak periods when conventional power generation would be turned on.” Read More

Guidehouse: Energy storage to support electric vehicle charging could reach 1,900MW by 2029
Energy Storage News - 4 August 2020 
The EV and storage firm has combined the two technologies at a number of sites, but its most recent is the Oxford Energy Superhub project. This has seen a hybrid 50MW lithium-ion and 2MW vanadium redox flow energy storage system developed by Pivot and Invinity with plans for electric vehicle chargers, including 20 rapids between 50kW and 150kW and 30 fast chargepoints (7kW+). Read More

‘World’s only’ home vanadium battery storage provider Voltstorage nets €6 million funding
Energy Storage News - 31 July 2020 
Voltstorage claims that its recyclable and non-flammable battery systems, which also enable long cycle life of charging and discharging without degradation of components or electrolyte, can become a “highly demanded ecological alternative to the lithium technology”. Its battery system, called Voltstorage SMART, was launched in 2018 and comes with 1.5kW output and 6.2kWh capacity. The company also claims that around 37% less CO2 is emitted in the production of its systems versus comparable lithium-ion storage. Read More

Realising the transition to green energy, through renewables and the vanadium redox flow battery
Energy Storage News - 28 July 2020
While we do acknowledge the challenges faced as a result of COVID-19, we cannot afford to lose sight of the opportunity renewable energy and energy storage solutions, such as the Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) present. The VRFB is a sustainable and scalable energy storage battery that is powered by vanadium electrolyte liquid solution to store and release large amounts of energy over long periods of time. Additionally, the VRFB is able to discharge 100% without any damage to the battery and provides users with a guaranteed uninterrupted power supply. Read More

51MWh vanadium flow battery system ordered for wind farm in northern Japan
Energy Storage News - 20 July 2020
Sumitomo Electric will begin constructing the 17MW / 51MWh vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) system on the island of Hokkaido during this Japanese financial year (JFY), capable of storing energy for three hours and connected to the wind farm. The project will be completed by the end of March 2022. Read More

Shrimp shells to produce electrodes for large storage batteries - 1 July 2020
A project by Spanish researchers and other collaborators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) suggests the use of chitin from shrimp shells to produce electrodes for vanadium flow batteries. The results of the work have recently been published in ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. Read More

UK's Pivot Power sees first battery on line by 2021
Argus Media - 26 June 2020
The Cowley battery will be co-located with a 2MW/5MWh Vanadium flow battery operated by storage firm redT. The batteries will be connected to the transmission network but will also provide power for ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging and heat pumps. It will be a hybrid lithium ion-vanadium flow battery. Read More

The vanadium mines to batteries strategy
Metal Tech News - 17 June 2020
VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. has positioned itself along the entire vanadium-based energy storage supply chain, from Canadian mineral exploration projects that could provide future supplies of this critical metal, to new technology to sustainably produce battery-grade vanadium, and even developing its own brand of vanadium redox flow batteries. Read More

Invinity sells 1.7MWh new flow storage despite Covid
The Energyst - 15 June 2020
Invinity Energy Systems, the vanadium flow storage company created by the merger of Avalon and RedT, says it has signed orders for 1.7MWh of new sales despite Coronavirus disruption. Invinity Energy Systems, the vanadium flow storage company created by the merger of Avalon and RedT, says it has signed orders for 1.7MWh of new sales despite Coronavirus disruption. Read More

Enel to trial battery innovations on Balearics June 2020
The storage systems will use solid-state lithium battery cells and vanadium redox flow technology and will be integrated with the Son Juny and Son Orlandis solar PV plants in Mallorca. Read More

Technology Metals rises on signing MoU with leading vanadium redox flow battery company
Proactive-20 May 2020
The MoU covers establishing a binding V2O5 offtake agreement and a JV to investigate the opportunity to produce vanadium electrolyte and establish a VRFB manufacturing base in Australia. Read More

‘To allow a zero carbon system, the role of energy storage needs to be understood by everybody’
Energy Storage News-12 May 2020
The Energy Storage Digital Series, an online-only conference and webinar series, produced and hosted by the events division of our publisher Solar Media kicked off yesterday. Here are some highlights and key quotes from opening panel discussion: Predicting the energy storage tech of the future. Read More

Saudi-German Project to Develop Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries
Asharq Al-Awsat-7 May 2020
Saudi petrochemical giant SABIC revealed that it has established a joint venture company to build one of the world’s biggest utility-scale battery factories.
SABIC unit Nusaned Investment has teamed up with German SCHMID Group to develop the vanadium redox flow batteries. Read More

A redox flow battery for MW-sized solar-plus-storage
PV Magazine-29 April 2020
Matt Harper, chief commercial officer of newly-merged British-Canadian vanadium redox flow battery business Invinity Energy Systems has spoken to pv magazineabout the VS3-022 Battery Unit it is marketing for grid scale solar-plus-storage projects and why it may be a better bet than lithium-ion. Read More

Ameresco report touts potential, challenges of flow batteries in military microgrid energy storage
Power Engineering-23 April 2020
Flow battery technology in energy storage could eventually replace or compete with diesel generation and lithium ion as part of a microgrid package but needs to improve on load reliability and cost-competitiveness. Read More

Ameresco Completes First Phase of Department of Defense Funded Flow Battery Investigation
Business Wire, Press Releases-22 April 2020
Ameresco, Inc., a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, today announced the completion of phase-one of a multi-stage investigation of how flow battery technology could support microgrids with the Department of Defense (DoD). Read More

‘We had certain pieces of the puzzle’: Matt Harper on the merger that led to Invinity Energy Systems
Solar Power Portal-22 April 2020
The story of Avalon and redT has been ongoing throughout both 2019 and 2020, with the two companies announcing a merger in July 2019 that was set to see the companies create a "leading player" in energy storage. The duo then unveiled their rebrand as Invinity Energy Systems last month, with the completion of the merger. Read More

Avalon founder: Flow storage ‘can be much cheaper than lithium’
The Energyst-30 March 2020
Avalon president Matt Harper believes vanadium-based energy storage can be cheaper than lithium. On a whole life basis, he claims it already is.
Harper, who is also Avalon co-founder and chief product officer, says flow storage’s ability to perform multiple roles without degradation is what will ultimately set it apart. Read More

UK deals for vanadium redox flow merger and electric vehicles announced
PV Magazine-17 March 2020
English partners appear to be in demand with a London-based vanadium flow supplier tying up with a U.S. partner just as an automotive design company in Coventry announces plans for electric and hydrogen vehicle production in the West Midlands. Read More

VanadiumCorp GmbH Completes First Battery Order, Contract and Memorandum of Understanding With Ecosource NV
CISION-17 March 2020
VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. is pleased to announce that it's wholly owned subsidiary in Germany, VanadiumCorp GmbH has signed an order and contract for a vanadium redox flow battery system ("VRFB") and a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with Ecosource NV ("Ecosource") a Cordeel Group NV company. Both companies plan to jointly manufacture VRFBs and share a vision to develop integrated clean energy solutions. Read More

More efficient solar power generation with two-sided tracking systems
Digi-Key-16 March 2020
Deline and his team also paired the PV array with two Avalon Battery vanadium redox flow batteries. The batteries store energy generated during the day and make it available for use during higher evening demand. Read More

Energy storage merger to drive vanadium flow battery market
Smart Energy-17 March 2020
UK-based redT energy and US-based Avalon Battery Corporation have announced that they will merge, subject to shareholder approval, to become a global leader in vanadium flow batteries.
They aim to become key competitors to existing lithium-ion technology in the rapidly growing global energy storage market. Read More

To Invinity and beyond: RedT and Avalon merger set to complete
The Energyst-16 March 2020
Vanadium redox flow storage companies RedT and Avalon have agreed to complete their merger, subject to shareholder consent. The combined business will be called Invinity Energy Systems. Read More

RedT Energy gets green light to start work on Oxford battery storage project
StockMarketWire-9 March 2020
Energy storage company RedT Energy said it had received a go-ahead from EDF Renewables to start work on the the Energy Superhub Oxford project. RedT said manufacturing of 5MWh of vanadium redox flow batteries for the project could now commence. Read More

Bushveld Minerals forms new vanadium financing partnership with redT
Proactive-9 March 2020
Bushveld Minerals Ltd (LON:BMN)(OTCMKTS:BSHVF) has signed a joint venture agreement with redT energy PLC (LON:RED) to form a vanadium financing partnership to supply vanadium electrolyte for third party-owned vanadium redox flow batteries in projects developed by redT. Read More

Bushveld sees battery storage potential beyond EVs
Mining Weekly-17 February 2020
While the energy transition is gaining a lot of traction, integrated primary vanadium producer Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo laments that the battery storage narrative is “still dominated by electric vehicles (EVs)”. Read More

China to build ‘Europe’s largest battery storage scheme’ in Wiltshire
The Energyst-5 February 2020
China Huaneng Group is set to complete what it claims will be Europe’s largest battery storage facility by the end of 2020 in Wiltshire.
The project is actually two adjacent 49.9MW sites being developed simultaneously, given planning rules lifting that cap were only relaxed last October. Read More

Memorandum of Understanding With Delectrik Systems Private Limited
Press Release PR Newswire-5 February 2020
VanadiumCorp Resource Inc. (TSX-V: "VRB") (the "Company") is pleased to announce it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with Delectrik Systems Private Limited ("Delectrik").  VanadiumCorp and Delectrik share a vision to develop integrated energy storage solutions through the development of vanadium redox flow battery ("VRFB") technologies. Read More

Korean flow battery company signs JV agreement for 200MWh US factory
Energy Storage News-29 January 2020
KORID Energy Company Limited, a South Korea headquartered developer of VRBs, has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Canada-headquartered Margaret Lake Diamonds, a “technology and strategic metals exploration company”.
Former Governor of New York George Pataki has welcomed the possible siting and construction of a vanadium redox flow battery (VRB) factory in the state. Read More

Australian Vanadium signs vanadium flow battery LoI with two Chinese firms
Energy Storage Publishing-17 January 2020
Australian Vanadium (AVL) has signed an agreement with two Chinese firms that could lead to the antipodean mining firm developing a vanadium materials supply chain. Read More

China’s hydro giant tests the limits of PV integration
Ecogeneration-17 January 2020
One of the world’s largest PV power plant operators, China’s HHDC, is pushing the R&D dial so that hybrid clean energy solutions can be understood and actioned. Read More

Okaya Partners With IIT Delhi for “VRFB” Battery Research
Saurenergy-13 Jan. 2020
Okaya Power Group has announced that it has associated with IIT Delhi as an Industry Partner for a Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) research project. The VRFB research project is aimed at developing small and medium scale energy storage devices which can play a pivotal role in meeting the future energy demands of India. The scientists in IIT Delhi are involved in the design and development of VRFB, while the engineers in OKAYA are working on battery management system developed for this project. Read More

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