Invinity to deploy vanadium flow battery at solar-plus-storage project in Alberta, Canada

Feb 4, 2022 11:47 AM ET
  • Invinity Energy Systems will provide vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) technology to a solar-plus-storage project in Alberta, Canada.
Invinity to deploy vanadium flow battery at solar-plus-storage project in Alberta, Canada
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The project, Chappice Lake Solar + Storage, will certainly integrate a 21MWp solar array with a 2.8 MW/8.4 MWh battery storage system, Anglo-American flow battery company Invinity claimed today, along with the project's developer, owner and also operator, Elemental Energy.

Alberta is largely synonymous with fossil fuels; it organizes crude oil production from websites including its north tar sands, produces a big part of Canada's gas and is mainly dependent on the country's largest coal fleet for electricity.

Among the district's crucial environment and pollution pledges is now the eliminating discharges equivalent to 50% of that coal fleet by 2030.

The Chappice Lake project was among a number of 'shovel-ready' projects granted funding late last year via the provincial government's Emissions Decrease Alberta (ERA) system.

Because round of financing, reported by Energy-Storage. information in November 2021, a 400MW closed-loop pumped hydro project called Canyon Creek was chosen for assistance as well. Likewise benefiting were a variety of projects seeking to lower the emissions and also boost the performance of several of the region's fossil fuel extraction and refining activities.

At the time, ERA said it would certainly administer the honor of CA$ 10 million (US$ 7.89 million) of the overall anticipated expense of Chappice Lake, just over CA$ 40 million.

Invinity's flow battery will certainly be straight DC-coupled with the solar array, enhancing the project's efficiency, functional flexibility as well as expenses. Billing from the solar PV modules, it will certainly save and also send out low-carbon, inexpensive energy.

Being able to provide power as needed will additionally assist minimize constraints to releasing more renewable energy on the grid, eliminating bottlenecks in power flow, Invinity claimed.

The project is expected to go into solution later this year.

Programmer Elemental Energy is additionally partnering with neighborhood aboriginal team Cold Lake First Nations, which will hold an equity rate of interest in the Chappice Lake project as well as the area will likewise gain from the brand-new electricity capacity addition along with employment possibility the clean energy sector can give the location, Elemental declared.

" Alberta has a lengthy background of leadership in energy; the fact that this shovel- prepared project will expand that leadership in new instructions while producing fantastic brand-new jobs is a testament to just how Alberta can innovate as well as build," Invinity Energy Systems' chief commercial police officer Matt Harper claimed.

" Clean energy on demand is becoming a progressively useful commodity; in delivering solar and storage together at Chappice Lake, we will prove that solar generation plus Invinity's utility-grade vanadium flow batteries can make Alberta a giant for the North American grid."

Vanadium flow batteries have actually been proclaimed as a long-duration, long-life energy framework asset. Efficient in being scaled up in energy capacity by raising the dimension of their electrolyte containers, the systems are anticipated to last decades in services without destruction or fading of battery capacity.

In December, Lockheed Martin announced that the initial megawatt-scale pilot for its own flow battery innovation-- for which the aerospace as well as support titan has not revealed the battery chemistry openly-- will certainly additionally be in Alberta.

Lockheed Martin claimed that a 6.5 MW/52MWh system of its GridStar Flow battery energy storage system (BESS) modern technology will be coupled with a 102.5 MW solar farm in development by framework firm TC Energy. Lockheed will certainly spend concerning US$ 9 million into the Saddlebrook Solar + Storage Project, with an assumption that funding will certainly likewise originate from ERA.

On a more comprehensive note, Energy-Storage. news has reported on a variety of various other Alberta-based energy storage projects in the past number of years. The district's first grid-scale battery storage system, a 10MW/20MWh Tesla lithium-ion BESS called WindCharger, went on the internet in late 2020, coupled with a local wind farm.

TransAlta, the Canadian business behind that project, has simply put on Alberta regulators for authorization for WaterCharger, a 180MW BESS paired with hydroelectric generation facilities.

Alberta's grid operator AESO is additionally piloting making use of energy storage resources for rapid frequency regulation.

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