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Vanadium flow battery firm Invinity expands Vancouver plant to 200MWh

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Vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) firm Invinity Energy Systems has expanded its manufacturing facility in Vancouver, Canada, to 200MWh of annual capacity.

The facility in British Columbia (BC) marks an expansion of the firm’s existing production line there and will allow it to deliver on 31MWh of sales it secured last year, according to Invinity. It also has a production facility in Scotland.

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The company hosted visitors at the facility for the Vancouver facility’s official opening last week (16 June). The visit coincided with a US$380,000 grant from the British Columbia Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy (CICE), an independent not-for-profit that funds clean energy technologies originating in the region.

The grant from CICE will support the manufacture and deployment of a 1.2MWh project near its production facility, called Mistral. Further details of the project, which Invinity said will use its “next-generation vanadium flow battery”, will be announced later in 2023.

“As the number of intermittent renewable energy sources grows, so does the need for world-class energy storage technology that can stabilise utility grids. Invinity Energy Systems has exceptional global market potential and is quickly becoming a recognised leader in this field,” said Dr. Ged McLean, Executive Director of CICE.

The company has been recently moving up to larger project sizes, securing a 15MWh order from Taiwan last year before winning a grant from the UK government to partially fund a 30MWh system connected to National Grid’s network.

Speaking to Energy-Storage.news whilst at Energy Storage Summit USA in March this year, Invinity’s VP business development Matthew Walz said the company is in talks for 100MWh-plus projects from 2025 onwards.

He also described Invinity’s solution as an “excellent fit” for the US Department of Energy’s US$330 million in grant funding for non-lithium long duration energy storage projects, for which award notices are expected to be announced this summer.

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