Vanadium flow battery enroute for Horizon’s Pilbara Power Project

Vanadium flow battery enroute for Horizon’s Pilbara Power Project

January 8, 2024 Off By Rueben Hale

A vanadium flow battery (VFB) has arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia, destined for its final destination at Horizon Power’s site in Kununurra. 

The battery will be used for a long duration energy storage pilot in northern Western Australia. 

The VFB is part of the project undertaken by VSUN Energy, a 100% owned subsidiary of Australian Vanadium Limited (ASX: AVL), for Western Australian utility Horizon Power.

According to AVL’s Chief Executive Officer, Graham Arvidson, the arrival of the VFB demonstrates another key step in AVL’s ‘pit to battery’ strategy. 

“The arrival of the vanadium flow battery for VSUN Energy’s Horizon Power project demonstrates another key step in AVL’s ‘pit to battery’ strategy,” Mr Arvidson said.

“We are looking forward to working with Horizon Power to successfully deliver this project, allowing the utility to benefit from the role that VFBs can play in enabling decarbonisation and providing reliable, low cost, long duration grid energy storage, with the potential for high levels of local content when coupled with AVL’s WA-made vanadium electrolyte.”

Horizon Power Contract

In July 2023, Horizon Power awarded a contract to VSUN Energy for its first Vanadium Flow Battery (VFB), which Invinity Energy Systems will supply. AVL’s vanadium electrolyte manufacturing facility will perform factory acceptance testing for the battery. This project highlights the importance of energy storage and VFBs in promoting decarbonisation. The VFBs provide Horizon Power with cost-effective and reliable energy storage solutions to meet Western Australia’s energy requirements.

About Australian Vanadium Limited

AVL is a resource company focused on vanadium, seeking to offer investors unique exposure to all aspects of the vanadium value chain – from resource through to steel and energy storage opportunities. AVL is advancing the development of its world-class Australian Vanadium Project at Gabanintha. 

About VSUN Energy

VSUN Energy is AVL’s 100% owned renewable energy and energy storage subsidiary which is focused on developing the Australian market for vanadium flow batteries for long duration energy storage. VSUN Energy was established in 2016 and is widely respected for its VFB expertise. AVL’s vertical integration strategy incorporates processing vanadium to high purity, manufacturing vanadium electrolytes and working with VSUN Energy as it develops projects based on renewable energy generation and VFB energy storage. 

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