Flow battery manufacturer ViZn Energy Systems has won a contract to provide a 128kW/320kWh system for a US department of energy project.
The agreement, with Idaho National Labs (INL) will see the zinc-iron redox flow battery installed as part of a microgrid demonstration project scheduled to be commissioned in the second quarter of 2016.
“We are seeing increasing interest in our flow batteries from both private and public organizations looking to initiate large-scale energy storage for various applications,” said Ron Van Dell, president and CEO, ViZn Energy Systems. “Flow batteries, in general, are well suited for applications requiring large-scale, long-duration capabilities. Our systems, however, are particularly good at providing both energy services and power services in one system while utilizing a low cost, inherently safe alkaline chemistry,” he claimed.
ViZn claims to have 50MW of contracts for its battery systems that it claims to be the “only flow battery on the market with a non-toxic, non-flammable, non-explosive alkaline chemistry”.
A number of project wins for ViZn and other flow battery manufacturers in 2015 left them bullish for their prospects of establishing themselves in the large-scale market.