facebook
36 Utility Speakers Already Confirmed!

INDUSTRY NEWS

15
Jan

Will Australian research team crack the sodium-battery code?

A team of Australian researchers are aiming to crack commercial viability of sodium-ion batteries for stationary storage applications, despite the issues that have plagued the chemistry over time. The research taking place at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, has received $2.7 million AUD (€1.73 million euro)  in funding from ARENA (Australian Renewable Energy Agency).

Sodium-based batteries make up 11 percent of the electrochemical storage market globally, based on the International Renewable Energy’s 2017 figures. The chemistry has seen low interest in recent years, especially compared to lithium-ion which makes up 59% of the global market.

While sodium batteries are an attractive prospect due to their safe, low-cost components, the efforts to commercialise have been mixed. Sodium-based batteries have found their way into energy storage systems in both Italy and Japan, however much-publicised sodium battery company Aquion experienced a disastrous crash in March of this year (As of July, Aquion has returned with new owners at the helm).

The Australian team of researchers intend to use the pioneering energy materials research of the Intstitute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials, in addition to the institute’s close ties with related industries to gain and advantage and crack the sodium-battery code. The project’s first goal is to develop a 5kWh battery for the “Illawarra Flame House”, the University of Wollongong’s example sustainable home.

Read the original article

If you want to know more about this and other topics directly from end users of energy storage technologies join us at one of these annual events: The Energy Storage World Forum (Grid Scale Applications), or The Residential Energy Storage Forum, or one of our Training Courses.

LATEST ARTICLES

5 reasons why C&I virtual power plants are better than residential ones

In the last few years we have seen a large number of residential virtual power plants (VPP’s) either being established or in the process of being established with nearly every major energy retailer and battery provider kicking the tires on the opportunity. In many ways this is no surprise, given in that in Australia: We…

Read More

How To Build A Successful Storage Project?

In 2018, I got an inquiry from a customer regarding a peak shaving system for an industrial project in the north of Germany. Along with the offer I sent for his requested service, I tried to sell the black start capability as well within the solution. The customer’s reply was simple, is it free of…

Read More

How to create a level playing field for storage systems

Definition of storage The general definition for storage is: Storage is the result of an action or method of storing or buffering something – and most importantly – for future use. There is a variety of Energy Storage (ES) systems. The majority of systems are so called power-in-power-out type of solutions. E.g. batteries fall into…

Read More

★REVIEWS

“Probably the most interactive and well organized storage event on the calendar.”

★★★★★

Sales Director, S&C

“Well-designed, organized, friendly staff– and various international contacts we hope to do business with soon.”

★★★★★

Marketing Manager, Gildemeister

“High scientific content, well targeted, perfect organization.”

★★★★★

Expert Technical & Governance, Elia

Excellent networking event. The sponsorship was well worth it.”

★★★★★

Manager, ATL

View More

x