September 15 (SeeNews) - VSUN Pty Ltd, a unit of Australian Vanadium Ltd (ASX:AVL), said on Wednesday it has installed the first vanadium redox flow battery in the Australian state of Western Australia.
The battery, coupled with a 15-kW solar system, has been installed on a farm near Busselton. AVL managing director Vincent Algar expects this to be the first of many installations on Australian farms.
As vanadium flow batteries can store large amounts of solar and wind power, they are suitable for offgrid farming operations, he says, as well as other industries such as mining and resources.
The CellCube vanadium redox flow battery storage system was produced by Gildemeister Energy Storage GmbH in Austria and then shipped to Western Australia. It can time shift up to 10 hours of power usage and has the advantage of three-phase power. The cost of the project including the CellCube FB10-100 storage unit and the solar system is AUD 164,000 (USD 122,500/EUR 111,300) excluding shipping costs, according to the announcement.
AVL in April announced a dealership deal with Gildemeister to market and sell Gildemeister's CellCube products in Australia through its 100%-owned, battery-focused subsidiary VSUN.
Zamien Sumich, part owner and manager of solar installer Sun Connect Pty Ltd, said he believed the solar and vanadium flow battery installation was the first of its kind in Australia.
(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.747/EUR 0.679)