Israeli company EnStorage develops large scale energy storage solutions based on flow battery technology. EnStorage is part of israeli delegation on COP21. AREVA and Schneider Electric have signed an R&D agreement to develop a new energy storage solution, called the flow battery in order to produce and store electricity by combining hydrobromic acid and hydrogen.
Funded by the European Union*, the project aims to optimize the existing 50 kW flow battery prototype designed by EnStorage to a 150 kW demonstration module. Under the cooperation agreement, both companies will test the flow battery technology under real conditions. The aim is to deliver a competitive and highly efficient solution for the integration of renewable energies.
AREVA will lead the project, manufacturing, integrating and installing the storage solution while Schneider Electric will design, manufacture and install the complementary power conversion system.
Louis-François Durret, AREVA Renewables CEO, said: “The energy storage market is fast-moving and highly competitive. In order to meet the energy needs of tomorrow AREVA is diversifying its technology portfolio with the flow battery technology and broadening its cooperation agreement with its partner, Schneider Electric.”
According to Frédéric Abbal, EVP of Schneider Electric’s Energy Business “This latest agreement with AREVA reinforces our commitment to develop safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green energy management solutions. This storage technology will provide the flexibility and stability needed to facilitate renewable integration.”
In February 2014, AREVA and Schneider Electric signed a strategic partnership agreement to market energy management and storage solutions based on hydrogen production and fuel cell technology with AREVA’s Greenergy Box™.
EnStorage was founded in 2008 to commercialize low cost flow batteries based on Hydrogen Bromine technology refined by researchers at Tel-Aviv University (Dr Arnon Blum and Pr Emanuel Peled). Backed by leading private equity and venture capital investors, the EnStorage team has advanced the technology into a fully functioning energy storage system.
EnStorage has scaled up its technology and is working with its international partners to commercialize and deploy its ESS system to meet the needs of utilities, independent power providers, operators and distribution companies as well as large industrial energy users.
- Over 10,000 cycles with minimal degradation in efficiency
- No limitations on depth of discharge
- Flexibility on power rating and energy rating
- Fast response time
- Totally self-contained – No by-products within the system or discharged outside it
- No emissions
- Wide ambient temperature operating range (-20 C° to +55 C°)
- Low internal operating temperature (40 C°- 60 C°)
- Low O&M costs
- Cost effective solution: $0.10 – $0.15 kW/h 20 Year LCOE
*As part of the KIC InnoEnergy FlowBox project to develop new technologies for sustainable energy