Protean’s first V-KOR vanadium battery arrives in Perth

By Meagan Evans. Published at May 16, 2018, in Small Caps

Protean Energy Ltd (ASX:POW) has shipped its first V-KOR vanadium redox flow battery to Perth to begin trials, which it expects will to translate to commercial orders for the V-KOR system from Australian clients.

The V-KOR battery technology is a proprietary vanadium redox flow battery energy storage system (VRFB-ESS) that was developed in response to the growing demand for more efficient renewable energy storage solutions. V-KOR offers a rechargeable flow battery with the ability to store high levels of energy for longer and with a greater life expectancy than existing battery solutions.

The technology is jointly owned by Protean (50%) and KOSDAQ-listed DST Co Ltd (50%). V-KOR is underpinned by 15 granted patents and has received grant funding of approximately $120,000 from the Korean government for the development and testing of the V-KOR range of batteries in Australia.

POW announced that a 25kW (100kWh) V- KOR vanadium redox flow battery has arrived at OzLinc Industries’ industrial manufacturing site in O’Connor Perth for deployment in a four-month trial. OzLinc is a supplier of pipe, fittings, flanges, valves and hosing to the Australian marine, industrial and resources sectors.

The V-KOR trial battery consists of two electrolyte tanks, two battery stacks of 12.5kW, one 25kW inverter, associated electrolyte pumps and a power management system. The battery is housed in a 20-foot container, oversized to allow for ease of inspection during the trial period.

Here are the VRFB ESS contained components:

Vanadium flow battery protean energy

The battery will collect representative operating data, demonstrate charging operation using both grid and solar supply and demonstrate automatic system power stabilisation characteristics given a fluctuating solar supply.

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POW Chairman Bevan Tarratt said, “This trial is about demonstrating the operation of a vanadium redox flow battery to potential Australian clients. We anticipate that the trial will translate to commercial orders for the V-KOR system. Protean is strategically positioned in the rapidly expanding energy storage market with the V-KOR battery technology and the Daejon Vanadium Project”.

The Daejon Vanadium Project is a multi‐mineral project in South Korea that POW is developing through its 50% holding in Stonehenge Korea Limited (SHK)

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