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Carnegie teams with Sumitomo for grid-scale vanadium flow battery storage

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Carnegie Wave Energy’s 100 per cent owned subsidiary, Energy Made Clean, is set to develop and demonstrate a commercial-scale solar and battery storage plant in Australia, after entering into a joint venture targeting Australia’s vanadium redox flow (VRF) battery market.

Carnegie said on Tuesday that EMC had signed a memorandum of understanding with Japanese company Sumitomo Electric Industries and ASX-listed TNG Limited to assess the potential applications of VRF batteries in Australia through an initial joint demonstration project.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Source: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

The deal builds on a June 2015 MOU between EMC and emerging strategic metals company TNG, to establish the feasibility of Vanadium Redox batteries. And it comes less than two months after Carnegie took full ownership of the Perth-based EMC, which has established itself as one of the Australia’s foremost micro-grid and battery storage businesses.

Energy Made Clean’s main role in the partnership will be to identify commercial project site opportunities, while also designing and supplying a compatible balance of plant – likely to include solar PV – to integrate with the VRF containerised system being supplied by Sumitomo.

The demonstration will be of commercial size, to best showcase Sumitomo’s technology, the companies said; with each party contributing to their core competencies, and subsequently cooperating on the marketing and sales of VRF batteries.

As we have noted on RE before, vanadium redox flow batteries are tipped to be one of the key players in the booming global energy storage market, as more and more renewable energy sources are brought onto grids around the world.

The batteries are considered uniquely suited to on- and off-grid energy storage applications due to their scalability and long asset lives, with deep and very high cycling capability.

Australia, as well as being a key market for battery storage uptake, has been noted for its potential to become a top global producer of vanadium – a metal found in a range of mineral deposits.

A number of Australian companies are already active in the local vanadium redox flow battery market, including miner Australian Vanadium – which recently inked a deal with Germany battery maker Gildemeister Energy Storage to sell its CellCube range of VRF batteries – and Brisbane based battery maker Redflow.

Energy Made Clean CEO John Davidson said the signing of the MOU would bring key industry innovators together to help revolutionise the vanadium redox flow battery market in Australia.

“This strategic MoU represents a compelling three-way tie-up of an emerging miner, a manufacturer and an integrator to accelerate the development of a major new energy growth market,” Davidson said.  

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  • john

    Every day on every continent there is another large announcement.
    Storage, Solar, Wind, Wave you name it.
    Not much tidal it seems.
    The amount of money being invested into RE is huge and shows no letup.
    China, India, the Arabian peninsular, South America let alone Europe and the USA.
    Now there seems to be a resurgence in Australia one of the countries that is universally recognized as a country that should be at the forefront of distributed RE implementation.
    The size of commercial systems is gradually growing all the time it seems despite government efforts to slow down the take up it is happening.

  • disqus_gF5uXVTUbL

    Davidson has the ideal leadership approach, always expanding to integrate a greater portfolio of technologies into targeted “site specific” renewable energy and storage. This approach is absolutely unassailable. For each individual project Davidson makes the numbers crunch effectively, a benchmark is established for that combination of technologies, at a scale, with a given set of renewable resources, in a given country. This is integrated research and development and leadership in the renewable energy field. If we had this kind of leadership for a Prime Minister or in ARENA, the country would truly speed towards it’s Paris goals.

    • jrdbull

      You are deluded. You either don’t know Davidson, are John himself or are a guilable and easily mislead minion. John Davidson is a con man at best and anyone that has dealings with John would attest to this. There is no way that ARENA would let someone with such a shady past into their domain…. Although his lack of moral compass and integrity would make him a good politician.

      • disqus_gF5uXVTUbL

        Hmm. Ok. I don’t know him personally. I like an integrated systems approach that’s all.

  • howardpatr

    Those interested in this article might also be interested in the following link:-

    http://www.viznenergy.com/product-gs200/

    The company is aiming for a cost of $160 a Kw – an indication of where energy storage is heading.

    Meanwhile Australia has a Prime Minister who, day by day, looks more of a fool when it comes to the renewable energy future.

    • Richard

      Turnbull is not just a fool he is a total fraud.
      He has not a shred of credibility left. And also, clearly a pathological liar.

      • jrdbull

        He would get on well with EMC then.

    • Ray Miller

      The correct use of kW. Lower case k kilo, upper case W for Watt