A successful battery test has potential for mining sites

VSUN Energy, Australian subsidiary of Vanadium (AVL), successfully performed an electric vehicle battery charge test using renewable energies, supplied via a vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB), with the possibility of installing the system on mining sites.

The project paves the way for autonomous vanadium battery-based electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Australia.

VSUN Energy partnered with electric vehicle charging hardware and software supplier Gemtek Group for the test.

Gemtek Group Commercial Director Florian Popp said Gemtek has tested a wide variety of power systems with their electric vehicle charging technologies.

“Developing expertise in integrated renewable energy electric vehicle charging solutions to meet Australian requirements for mining, agricultural and regional applications has been a key objective for Gemtek,” he said.

“The unique capabilities and lifespan of the VSUN energy storage system provide a substantial advantage in high temperature and remote environments. “

VSUN Energy is currently installing VRFBs at residential agricultural, commercial, mining and rural sites, and is working on the development of an urban residential battery for construction in Australia.

According to the company, VRFBs have the ability to be scaled up to accommodate a wide range of projects, from residential energy storage to large-scale industrial, mining and agricultural grid needs.

AVL is developing the Australian vanadium project south of Meekatharra in the Mid West region of Western Australia.

The Australian Vanadium Project is part of an integrated vanadium value chain, spanning mining, manufacturing and downstream processing.

AVL Managing Director Vincent Algar said the electric vehicle charging initiative is part of the company’s strategy to further develop the VRFB energy storage technology market in Australia.

“The intention is for AVL not only to sell vanadium in the metals sector internationally, but to be fully vertically integrated ashore here in Australia,” he said.

“In doing so, we are able to reduce the cost of these batteries while adding local value, content and job creation. “

The mining and processing project will enter its development phase next year, while a vanadium electrolyte manufacturing plant will be built in parallel near Kwinana in Washington state.

The electrolyte plant is expected to be in production by mid-2022 with an annual vanadium electrolyte production capacity of 33 MWh.