TORONTO (miningweekly.com) – US project developer American Vanadium on Wednesday announced that the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) would evaluate and demonstrate the CellCube vanadium redox flow energy storage system at its state-of-the-art testing facility in Golden, Colorado.
After the demonstration of the energy storage system at NREL's facility, the CellCube would be sold to a US utility.
"Given the strong interest received from utilities, solar developers, integrators and other potential customers, this demonstration of the CellCube at the premier independent testing facility of the US Department of Energy is a critical step for our company. A number of leading utilities, integrators and developers will be participating and observing the operation of the CellCube, and we welcome other interested customers and partners to join us with this important demonstration,” American Vanadium president and CEO Bill Radvak said.
American Vanadium is the master sales agent for German energy solutions provider Gildemeister’s CellCube energy storage system in North America.
The CellCube is a commercial system that has been sold and installed across Europe, Asia and Africa, with more than 50 systems currently in operation at customer sites worldwide. The CellCube system is modular and can serve loads from 10 kW to multi-MWs, and, as a flow battery, the system excels at providing multiple hours of energy for long-duration requirements.
The NREL informs policy and investment decisions, as renewable-energy and energy efficiency technologies move from concept to commercialisation to market penetration. NREL is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility, funded through the US Department of Energy.
American Vanadium is also developing its Gibellini vanadium project, located in Nevada, which is being designed to economically produce vanadium electrolyte for the energy storage industry, as well as vanadium products for the steel and alloying industries.