Australia’s Vanadium, UK Battery+EV Charger Deal, DC-Coupled Optimiser Launch From Alencon

Australian Vanadium explores opportunities with UPS provider Metrowest

Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL), parent to vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) storage system company VSUN Energy, will jointly look at opportunities with Metrowest Power Systems, a maker of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems.

Stock exchange-listed AVL has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to “facilitate opportunities for both companies,” AVL said. Leaning on what it called Metrowest’s “proven track record and wealth of connections in industrial and utility sectors,” AVL and VSUN want to be able to take on bigger projects: “and to be considered equals to some of the more prominent participants in the market.”

The news comes during what appears to be a gradual period of acceptance for flow batteries in the Australian market. While the vast majority of new-build energy storage is lithium-ion battery, one New South Wales company, TEC-C Investments, said this week that it has broken ground on a 420kW/1,200kWh hybrid battery, combining lithium and vanadium flow energy storage technologies at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy Campus. This follows on from a similar project going online recently at Monash University, which Scott McGregor, CEO of flow energy storage provider redT, blogged about for this site.

UK’s Moixa packages home battery with EV charging

Energy technology firm Moixa and EV charging manufacturer EO Charging have collaborated on a dedicated smart charging and home solar battery solution for the UK market.

The package will comprise Moixa’s smart home batteries and EO’s Genius range of home electric vehicle chargers, with Moixa’s GridShare flexibility software underpinning the combination of the two.

The companies said that installing the package together would help drivers cut the cost of charging electric vehicles at home.

Moixa’s software will monitor and use household data to learn energy consumption patterns. That will be measured against local weather forecasts – which would affect domestic solar panel output – to put together tailored charging plans for each installed system.