December 1, 2022: CellCube said on November 23 it had agreed a deal with North Harbour Clean Energy to build a manufacturing and assembly line for its vanadium redox flow batteries in Australia.
The first project under the manufacturing cooperation agreement will be to develop Australia’s biggest VRFB to date — a 4MW/16MWh based on the proprietary technology of CellCube brand owner Enerox.
CellCube and North Harbour will also conduct a feasibility study and work towards a final investment decision on a 50-50 joint venture to manufacture VRFBs in Australia.
The partners said North Harbour, which is backed by Australia superannuation fund Aware Super, has already secured “a large project pipeline to include deployments of VRFBs”.
“We are excited to bring manufacturing of this Australian-invented and critical energy storage technology to Australia with our strategic partner CellCube”, said North Harbour MD and founder Tony Schultz.
Schultz said the partners will also “collectively review and select the best site to deliver initial annual production capacity of at least 40MW/160MWh, with a target of 1,000MW/8,000MWh per year and creating more than 200 new jobs in the short term.”
CellCube CEO Alexander Schoenfeldt said: “We have more than 140 systems deployed globally including several small-scale pilots in Australia and New Zealand but have been searching for the missing piece of the puzzle that makes 24/7 renewable energy available in Australia.” North Harbour is the answer, he added.
CellCube said on July 14 that US power grid systems firm G&W Electric was to use its VRFB technology to support a microgrid under construction in Illinois.