On April 21, Vopak announced that it signed a Joint Development Agreement with Elestor for the development of a hydrogen bromine flow battery. The joint ambition is to scale up the electricity storage capacity of these flow batteries from 200 kWh to 3,000 kWh in a period of 2 years and then further develop it to industrial scale.
“This development is part of Vopak’s New Energy strategy”, says Patrick van de Voort, Division President Europe & Africa at Vopak. “Developing large-scale and low-cost electricity storage will become increasingly important and with this promising technology electricity can be stored in molecules on a large scale. We are looking forward to jointly developing these flow batteries.”
“This is an excellent cooperation and a true joint development of 2 partners, each contributing with specific expertise. Elestor brings in all its knowledge on its unique HBr flow battery technology and Vopak is the largest independent tank storage provider specialised in storage of chemicals and gasses. Large-scale storage of hydrogen and bromine forms an important part of the HBr flow battery and fits well with Vopak’s locations, core activities and competences.” says Guido Dalessi.
Royal Vopak is the world’s leading independent tank storage company. With over 400 years of history and a focus on sustainability, we ensure safe, clean and efficient storage and handling of bulk liquid products and gases for our customers. By doing so, we enable the delivery of products that are vital to the economy and the daily lives of people across the globe, ranging from chemicals, oils, gases and LNG to biofuels and vegoils. We are determined to develop key infrastructure solutions to facilitate the transition of the world’s changing energy and feedstock systems. At the same time, we invest in digitalization and innovation to improve our performance and our service to our customers. Vopak is listed on Euronext Amsterdam and is headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. www.vopak.com
Elestor BV offers electricity storage systems for industrial use based on the Hydrogen Bromine Flow Battery principle. With its unique and patented design, Elestor has matured flow battery technology into a robust and highly scalable product, featuring storage costs per kWh far beyond what is achieved with conventional batteries. Hydrogen and bromine are abundantly available on a global scale. As bromine is found in seawater, its supply is not restricted to geographical availability and cannot be dominated by a limited group of suppliers (unlike Lithium, Cobalt and Vanadium). Elestor has been recognized with several (inter)national Awards, such as the European IDTechEx award for ‘Best Development in Storage Technology’, juried by Fraunhofer Institute, Technical University Berlin and Toyota Motors Europe. Early January 2021, Elestor was granted the ‘INNOVATION 2020 Audience Award’ by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. www.elestor.nl
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