Energy storage technology company RedT is to develop a hybrid energy storage system capable of offering the full range of storage applications to the electricity grid.
The system will be created during a three-year knowledge transfer partnership with Newcastle University, funded by Innovate UK partners the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council.
The hybrid system will combine a RedT manufactured vanadium flow system alongside a lead acid, lithium battery or super capacitor.
Vanadium flow batteries are typically used for long duration energy intensive industrial applications while lead acid or lithium batteries are short duration power intensive technologies. There is currently no model which offers the combination of technologies to the market in a single solution.
The £149,062 knowledge partnership will allow RedT access to experts in electronic control systems for energy storage at Newcastle Unviersity.
RedT Energy chief executive Scott McGregor said: ““Hybridisation holds a promising future for energy storage, and an area which requires research in order to identify the best power intensive technologies to work with vanadium energy storage machines, particularly to optimise the electrical control management of these complementary technologies to deliver a hybrid commercial storage system.
Dr Haris Patsios from Newcastle University said: “We recognise that in order to provide the most efficient energy storage solution, we need to be flexible and combine the various technologies that are best suited for different applications.”
Yesterday RedT revealed that the first large-scale containerised vanadium flow battery systems have been cleared for final installation and commissioning having passed the pre-testing phase at the Power Networks Demonstration Centre in Scotland.