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AVFB Revolutionizes Sustainable Energy with Australian Vanadium Flow Batteries

Australian Vanadium Flow Batteries

Oct 28, 2023

At AVFB, we are at the forefront of a revolutionary shift in the global energy landscape. Our Australian Vanadium Flow Batteries (VFBs) are emerging as a game-changer in the quest for a sustainable and reliable energy supply, one that can effectively harness solar and wind power 24/7.

AVFB Revolutionizes Sustainable Energy with Australian Vanadium Flow Batteries

At AVFB, we are at the forefront of a revolutionary shift in the global energy landscape. Our Australian Vanadium Flow Batteries (VFBs) are emerging as a game-changer in the quest for a sustainable and reliable energy supply, one that can effectively harness solar and wind power 24/7.

The Power of Vanadium:

Vanadium, often dubbed the "23rd element" on the periodic table, holds the key to solving the energy storage challenge. Unlike conventional lithium-ion batteries, our VFBs are designed to last for decades, are non-flammable, and can store and dispatch solar energy for extended periods ranging from 10 to 18 hours. This makes them the ideal solution for delivering continuous and reliable power even when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing.

Unlocking Australia's Vanadium Reserves:

Australia boasts vast reserves of vanadium, yet historically, most of the world's vanadium supply came from sources in China, Russia, and South Africa, primarily for steel alloy production. However, a shift is underway as countries recognize the potential of establishing an end-to-end vanadium supply chain within Australia, from mining to integrating it into the electricity grid.

The AVFB Vision:

At AVFB, we are committed to transforming the energy landscape and enabling the continuous availability of solar power. We believe that vanadium flow batteries can take this vision to the next level. Our goal is to harness the abundant vanadium resources found in Australia and manufacture these cutting-edge batteries for domestic use.

What Sets AVFB Apart:

One of the key differentiators of our VFB technology is the use of vanadium suspended in the liquid electrolyte, eliminating the need for enormous manufacturing facilities. This innovative technology has its roots in Australia, having been pioneered in the 1980s by Professor Maria Skyllas-Kazacos and her team at the University of New South Wales. Today, AVFB is the leading company in the development and deployment of this technology, not only in Australia but also in select global jurisdictions.


Real-World Success:

Invinity, a company we proudly support, is showcasing the capabilities of grid-connected VFBs in South Australia. Backed by a $5.7 million seed funding grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), Invinity is demonstrating how a six-megawatt solar plant coupled with an eight-megawatt-hour flow battery can produce an impressive 10 gigawatt-hours of dispatchable solar power annually. This exemplifies the longevity and resilience of vanadium flow batteries, serving the grid for decades, providing a stark contrast to the relatively short lifespan of lithium-ion batteries.

Unlocking Regulatory Support:

Our VFB technology has reached a point where it no longer requires direct subsidies, but it does necessitate forward-thinking regulatory frameworks. We emphasize the importance of offering long-term contracts, potentially spanning over 25 years, to provide certainty to developers and investors, thereby supporting the growth of sustainable energy projects.

Government Recognition:

The Australian Energy Market Operator and the federal government's Low Emissions Technology Statement have recognized the potential of vanadium flow batteries to support large-scale, low-emission energy projects. This acknowledgment underscores the significant role our technology can play in the transition to cleaner energy sources.

Scalability and Versatility:

One of the key advantages of non-flammable vanadium flow batteries is their scalability and flexibility in terms of location. They can be deployed in various environments, making them a versatile choice for energy storage solutions.


Piloting the Future:

The Western Australia government has announced plans to utilize a vanadium flow battery in a long-duration energy storage trial in Kununurra. This initiative aims to determine the most effective energy storage solution for harsh environmental conditions, ensuring long periods of 100 percent renewable energy in regional energy systems.

AVL's Ethical Supply:

Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL) is an independent mining company actively pursuing a project to ethically source vanadium for global steel, battery, and critical metals markets, with a processing plant in the pipeline. This initiative further demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and responsible sourcing.

Leaders in Vanadium Flow Batteries:

At AVFB, we have been actively advising the Technology Committee in Melbourne on the use of VFBs in Australia, where we are implementing rapid deployment. Our involvement underscores our dedication to driving the adoption of this innovative energy solution.

In conclusion, the adoption of vanadium flow batteries in Australia represents a significant step toward achieving a sustainable and reliable energy supply. With our abundant vanadium reserves and innovative technology, AVFB is leading the way in making the continuous, clean energy revolution a reality. Join us in powering a greener, more sustainable future with Australian Vanadium Flow Batteries.


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