Harvard researchers have developed a novel flow battery and confirm the future potential of this technology.
ESS Inc, among several companies looking to commercialise a flow battery energy storage technology, has netted US$13 million in a Series B funding round from investors that include global chemical company BASF.
The CEO of Primus Power agrees that at present, lithium battery systems are more bankable than the flow battery energy storage systems of the type his company makes, but asserted that he believes this will change over time.
MIT researchers have engineered a new rechargeable flow battery that doesn't rely on expensive membranes to generate and store electricity. The device, they say, may one day enable cheaper, large-scale energy storage.
Vanadium-Flow Batteries: The Energy Storage Breakthrough We've Needed
V-flow batteries are fully containerized, nonflammable, reusable batteries, using 100% of the energy stored. Presently, the largest V-flow battery is a 2MW/8MWh installed at the SnoPUD Everett Substation in Washington State, but the V-flow battery system being constructed in Sicily will be 24MW/96MWh. Source: UET