Given our current intensive focus on the development of a national Energy Storage Register (beginning 2016) – and with it (more recently) this general compendium of useful information about battery storage, it was with interest that I noted number 10 (in a list of 10 Australian technology innovations) in an email from the Warren Centre this afternoon.
In a high flying list of other innovations (including the Cochlear implants, and Google Maps) that came out of Australia, they profile at number 10 the Vanadium redox battery system.
“An exciting Australian innovation is probably unknown to many who have never heard of the Vanadium Redox Flow (VRF) battery. The application of vanadium-based electrolytes for energy storage applications was first demonstrated in the mid-1980s by Professor Maria Skyllas-Kazacos of the University of New South Wales. Professor Skyllas-Kazacos’s storage system has been utilized in several industrial and grid-scale applications since then, but it is only recently – with the rise of intermittent renewables such as solar and wind – that the VRF has come to the fore of energy storage technology. The VRF provides a simple, easily scalable and robust mechanism for energy storage which has been proven effective for stationary storage. In Australia the VRF is a viable option for energy consumers needing reliable, large capacity storage on the fringes of the grid, such as rural agriculture and industry. More recently, however, the VRF technology has been chosen for the world’s largest energy storage facility, the Dalian battery farm in north-eastern China. The Dalian facility will provide 200MW/800MWh of capacity from VRF systems, quadrupling the capacity of the largest existing energy storage facility in Hokkaido, Japan (also VRF.) With the continual need for grid security and reliability in an energy landscape with increasing intermittent renewables, vanadium redox battery technology is poised to provide an essential step in the climb towards a zero-carbon future.“
Note that we’ve already provided this reference to the Lucy and Ian Stuart’s installation of their farm in Busselton, WA.
We’ll look forward to seeing Vanadium redox batteries included in the list of batteries installed across Australia, and registered in the Energy Storage Register.
For those interested in what the other 9 innovations were that were referenced in the Warren Centre’s list, please see here.