Storage firm Protean Energy announced on April 11 it is to use a A$120,000 ($90,000) grant from the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning to test vanadium redox flow battery technology in Western Australia.
The Australian firm, and its Korean affiliate Korid Energy, will use the cash to test its co-owned V-Kor technology. The 25kW/100kWh battery is due to be installed this month.
Protean chairman Bevan Tarratt said: “This trial is the first major step for the company and V-KOR to capitalize on the growing energy storage sector in Australia. The vanadium flow battery has the potential to play a crucial role in revolutionising the new energy sector.”
The trial follows the V-KOR technology being selected as a superior emerging technology by Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy.
In addition to the Australian trial, test laboratory Korea Conformity Laboratories are analysing two 25kW stacks as part of a solar PV and VRFB-ESS combination.
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