May 30, 2019: This year’s ees prestigious annual award recognised solid-state lithium metal polymer and redox flow battery technologies during a ceremony held on the first day of The Smarter E exhibition in Munich on May 15.
The annual awards pay tribute to companies’ pioneering products and solutions that advance storage deployment from stationary and mobile solutions to virtual power plants.
The year’s winners were French firm Blue Solutions, Austria’s Enerox and German firm Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen.
• Blue Solutions’ solid-state, lithium metal polymer battery LMP (lithium metal polymer) 250/400 rack system impressed judges with its high level of safety and the performance offered by the solution.
The modular racks house the battery as well as a controller and are designed for simplified installation and maintenance. LMP batteries do not contain liquid electrolytes and can be operated at up to 105°C without the need for cooling. This makes them well suited for use in regions with high ambient temperatures. LMP technology does not use solvents, cobalt or other rare minerals, and the batteries’ metallic lithium allows them to be recycled
This makes them well suited for use in regions with high ambient temperatures. LMP technology does not use solvents, cobalt or other rare minerals, and the batteries’ metallic lithium allows them to be recycled
• Enerox — part of the CellCube Energy Storage Systems family — also caught the eye of judges with its CellCube FB 500-2000. The CellCube storage system is one of the first in the industry to offer vanadium redox flow batteries with a 1,000 volt DC range. The flow battery stores energy in vanadium electrolyte tanks. The scalable, high-performance 250 kilowatt units can be used in large-scale solar parks and wind farms, self-sufficient building solutions, and stand-alone grids
The vanadium redox flow battery was commended for its ‘electrolyte as a service’, business model that brings capital costs below €300 kW/h — an innovation in the field of flow batteries.
• Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen’s Gridcon PCS 4W — power conversion system is a modular, bidirectional storage inverter for on-grid and off-grid applications. Designed as a four-wire system, it can be operated as a TN grid without the need to install additional transformers.
Dubbing it the ‘Swiss army knife of inverters’ the judges noted its ‘holistic approach to maximizing power quality’. The central DC bus enables the connection of different loads and feeders such as various kinds of batteries and PV units. This means the device can be used in the construction of stable stand-alone systems for micro grid applications as well as convenient products for supplying emergency and back-up power.