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Shining a light on VRFBs for energy storage applications

While the majority of current vanadium demand underwritten by the steel industry as an additive to strengthen various grades of steel, a small, yet increasing amount of vanadium demand is being taken up by the global renewable energy market for its use in energy storage batteries.

Understanding vanadium redox flow batteries

CENELEST, a joint research venture between the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology and the University of New South Wales, examines the potential of vanadium redox flow batteries in the future energy system.

A new design for flow batteries

Flow batteries can operate with different types of electrolytes. The most common (including those that are installed in China and are being introduced in other countries) utilize vanadium electrolytes.

What Is Next For Energy Storage Technology?

Flow batteries have been around since the 1980s and use liquid electrolyte in external tanks. What makes flow batteries unique is that their power and energy are entirely decoupled. To increase energy size, the system simply requires a larger tank and more electrolyte.
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