Vanadium flow batteries are viewed by some as the front runner for energy storage solutions because of their reliability and battery life.
But the cost is still one of the challenges facing lithium-ion alternatives like vanadium flow batteries.
StorEn Technologies is in the process of validating its vanadium flow battery prototype with promising results. The company’s batteries provide energy storage for residential, industrial, and telecom/data center applications.
The StorEn Technologies* vanadium flow battery prototype has arrived at Stony Brook University in New York. This battery, featuring StorEn’s proprietary technology will undergo extensive independent validation at the Advanced Energy Research & Technology Center (AERTC) at Stony Brook University.
StorEn’s design delivers a better flow of electrolyte through the stack compared to other VFBs by employing its MULTIGRIDS™ fluid dynamic and RESAFE™ electrolyte control system.
The benefits of StorEn’s vanadium flow battery design include the following:
- Increased power density of the stack — that is, the amount of power the stack will deliver in relation to its size.
- Ability to reduce the size of the stack, since the power density is increased.
- And with smaller plates able to have performance parity with larger sizes, fewer materials such as membranes are required, lowering materials’ cost by as much as 50%.
- Importantly, a better fluid dynamic allows the battery to operate effectively at lower pressure, increasing round-trip efficiency.
Reference- Cleantechnica, StorEn website