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In August, the Massachusetts legislature passed a bill that could make the state one of only three in the nation to have an energy storage mandate.
If adopted, the report says Massachusetts has the potential for 600 MW of energy storage by 2025. The state now has about 2 MW of energy storage on its grid.
The Nobles had two Redflow 10KWh ZCell batteries installed at their property before South Australia's epic statewide blackout on 28 September, and sailed through on stored solar power.
"I want batteries that are tough," Noble tells The Australian Financial Review. "Why would I want to waste money firing up a gen set when I am not there?"
Only one corner of the property has grid power, and the cost of wiring the entire property would vastly exceed the cost of the two battery sets - about $40,000.
The element vanadium, often mined from magnetite in South Africa, Russia, and China, costs $3500 or more per kilogram at high-purity concentrations of 99.9 percent.
ARPA-E-funded flow battery research projects have tried to drop the cost by cutting out the vanadium altogether. For instance, a version produced by Energy Storage Systems uses iron chloride chemistry instead—which, as Rohlfing says, is “rust cheap.”
Another variant, now being investigated by a team at Harvard, relies on nature for its electrolyte. The group is now zeroing in on an organic compound called a quinone that’s very similar to a chemical found in rhubarb.
Lockheed Martin has installed its GridStar lithium energy storage system at the company’s Syracuse, N.Y., facility, tapping ENGIE's energy storage operating software for management, Electric Light & Power reports.
Lockheed Martin's GridStar system consists of modular, scalable energy storage units that contain batteries, local-controls software and all required balance-of-system components. Lockheed Martin said each unit can be configured to provide up to 375 kW of power and up to 600 kWh of energy storage.
Earlier this year, Lockheed Martin expanded its interests to include energy storage, including both lithium ion and flow battery technology.
Australian Vanadium Ltd (AVL)... is expecting the arrival of its vanadium electrolyte pilot plant to the Perth within 10 days.
The company aims to develop both stand-alone and mine-attached vanadium electrolyte capacity to support the growing demand in the vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) sector.
The company’s strategy is to deliver vanadium products such as batteries to end users and supply and process raw materials sourced from Gabanintha vanadium project in Western Australia.
AVL recently sold and installed its first vanadium redox flow battery storage system.
Vanadiumcorp Resource Inc... is pleased to announce the Canadian Government has officially introduced a new mandate for vanadium and energy storage, titled, "Defining Canada's role in a growing vanadium market." This mandate bodes well for VanadiumCorp development of high purity vanadium and vanadium electrolyte (VE) from 100% owned vanadium resources in Quebec, Canada. There is no primary VE production in Canada and USA currently. Canadian vanadium supply would facilitate the renewable energy and grid scale energy storage targets ratified in the Paris Climate Agreement. The Canadian government announcement states: "Currently, there are few vanadium producers able to produce high purity Vanadium Oxide "V(2)O(5)" and products show significant differences in purity and trace element level"
Scientists at the University at Buffalo think so.
They have identified a fluorescent dye called BODIPY as an ideal material for stockpiling energy in rechargeable, liquid-based batteries that could one day power cars and homes.
BODIPY [boron-dipyrromethene]... has unusual chemical properties that enable it to excel at two key tasks: storing electrons and participating in electron transfer.
Lithium-ion batteries, for example, are risky in that they can catch fire if they break open, [Timothy] Cook says. The dye-based batteries would not have this problem; if they ruptured, they would simply leak, he says.
In experiments, Cook's team filled both tanks of a redox flow battery with the same solution: a powdered BODIPY dye called PM 567 dissolved in liquid.
Within this cocktail, the BODIPY compounds displayed a notable quality: They were able to give up and receive an electron without degrading as many other chemicals do. This trait enabled the dye to store electrons and facilitate their transfer between the battery's two ends during repeated cycles—100—of charging and draining.
- ESS Inc., the leading manufacturer of safe, low-cost and long cycle-life batteries, will deliver a 60kW/225kWh All-Iron Flow Battery (IFB) system under contract to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The battery will be part of an integrated microgrid at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, where they will demonstrate long-duration storage capability for use in Forward Operating Bases (FOB). The U.S. military's main objective is to show that delivering dry long-duration batteries to the field significantly reduces fuel usage, hauling equipment requirements and associated logistics.
ESS Inc.'s All-Iron Flow Battery is an ideal solution for this type of use because it can be forward deployed in a dry state, adding water at the site. The IFB is also environmentally safe for transport and deployment in sensitive areas, and can be repositioned as needed. The advantage of adding local potable water after delivery is that the weight that must be transported is 60% less than other flow or traditional batteries. Additionally, with an electrolyte comprised of iron, salt and water, there is no health hazard or potential site contamination.
•On July 18, 2016, [Largo Resources Ltd. Referred to as "The Company" in this PR] announced that it had entered into a non-binding memorandum of understanding ("MOU") with Vionx Energy Corporation ("Vionx"), a company which develops, produces and sells vanadium redox flow batteries ("VRBs") for utility grid applications. The MOU is conditional upon a number of items as set out in the Company's press release dated July 18, 2016 .
•The Company's Maracás Menchen Mine achieved a new monthly production record of 806 tonnes of vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) in September 2016. Production in July 2016 was 630 tonnes, with 746 tonnes produced in August 2016.
Executives with Boston-based, Vionx Energy have announced an ecosystem of companies to launch and commercialize a groundbreaking storage technology poised to transform how modern grids are managed and optimized. The unique relationship brings together six global companies— United Technologies Corp. (UTC), Starwood Energy Group, Siemens, 3M, VantagePoint Capital Partners and Jabil—to license, finance, manufacture and deploy the energy storage system.
VanadiumCorp Resource Inc.,... is pleased to announce it has joined Energy Storage Canada (ESC). The ESC is the only energy storage industry association in Canada. ESC was founded in 2012 as a subgroup of the Corporate Partners Committee under the Smart Grid Forum.
Storage is the key to making renewable energy a fully competitive component of any electrical grid. It can make our grid cleaner and more efficient, for the benefit of all consumers – large and small, urban and rural. There is the opportunity, in Canada, to become world leaders in developing energy storage technologies like the vanadium redox flow battery.
Last year Austin-based ViZn Energy Systems had developed a zinc-iron redox battery system, the product of eight years of work, which it touted as safe, efficient, durable and flexible.
When Dominion Virginia Power opened a 50 KW roof-top solar installation at Randolph-Macon University in Hanover County in April 2015, it installed one of ViZn’s 48 kW “flow” batteries along with a smaller, 7 kW “wet cell” battery to test in real-world conditions.
As it turned out, the flow battery did not meet expectations from a reliability standpoint, says Crable. When the lease on the battery system expired, Dominion chose not to renew it.
The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), an innovation hub based at Argonne National Laboratory, will build an organic flow [battery] prototype for grid storage and a perfected lithium-sulfur prototype for transportation. JCESR will test the prototypes to prove they can achieve the project's founding goal: five times the energy density of commercial batteries at one-fifth their 2011 cost.
The new batteries will have to cost less than $100/kWh when scaled for commercialization.
For transportation the Centre [JCESR] has developed a battery with a lithium metal anode protected from degradation by
a graphene oxide membrane, a polymer-composite sulfur cathode, and an electrolyte that is sparingly soluble for the polysulfides that form during charge and discharge. This battery system is attractive because of its high theoretical energy density and the low cost of sulfur. Key to success will be achieving a very low ratio of electrolyte to sulfur content. Full cell testing of each of these concepts is now underway, and proof-of-principle prototypes will soon be evaluated.
The Snohomish County Public Utility District in Washington has installed a 2 MW, 8 MWh vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) that is due online in the first half of next year.
The VRFB battery is being supplied by UniEnergy Technologies and will use modular energy storage architecture (MESA) technology