ICESI 1-4 March 2020 Sydney

Members of CENELEST are co-organising the 2020 Meeting of the International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation (ICESI 2020) in Sydney.

The International Coalition for Energy Storage and Innovation (ICESI) is a new international professional organization focusing on the science and technology challenges for grid scale energy and renewable energy integration.

The conference will cover three full days with a distinguished speaker, 2 plenary speakers and 42 invited speakers. The organising committee are pleased to announce that they have secured the services of the 2019 Nobel Laureate in chemistry Prof Michael Stanley Whittingham, the Founding Father of rechargeable lithium batteries, as the distinguished speaker.

ICESI is currently the only international organization that focuses on the scientific and technological challenges for the development and deployment of scalable energy storage technologies for electric grid and emerging market applications. ICESI annual conferences have a great tradition and unique style of blending fundamental research with practical applications to provide a vibrant mix of discussions on electrochemical power conversion and energy storage.

The purpose of ICESI is to establish an international forum to connect and industry in the world to address the long term scientific and technological challenges for the development and deployment of scalable energy storage technologies for electric grid and emerging market applications, and to serve as the authority, spokesperson and advocator for supporting energy storage research. In addition, ICESI will help identify the gaps in science, markets and technologies to promote collaboration in the international community and collaborations between the research community and industry, provide realistic assessment of current and future technologies, and provide guidance for long term research and long term investment. ICESI will also recognize and promote significant scientific and technological advances, individuals and teams who have made significant contributions in the field, establish new platforms and mechanisms to integrate and utilize the best resources in the scientific community and solve major scientific and technology challenges of key technologies, and speed up the transfer of these technologies to industry.

Performance Improvements and Cost Considerations of the Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

Our valued member Maria Skyllas-Kazacos has published an article about cost considerations and performance improvements of vanadium redox flow batteries. Maria gives an overview of the influences of materials such as electrodes, membrane and electrolyte on the levelised cost of energy and how improvements can be made.

Performance Improvements and Cost Considerations of the Vanadium Redox Flow Battery.
Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, ECS Transactions 2019, 89, 29-45

CENELEST visited the 10th International Flow Battery Forum in Lyon/France

Nicholas Gurieff gave a presentation on new concepts for alternative vanadium redox flow battery cell and stack designs. Initial studies showed that a tapered cell design provided slightly better performance than conventional rectangular cell designs. This new concept also allows the possibility for constructing toroidal stacks with potentially smaller space requirements. Jens Noack gave a presentation on current activities in the field of international standardization of redox flow batteries. This year the publication of three standards specifically developed for redox flow batteries is expected.

CENELEST attended the 2019 Smart Energy Conference and Exhibition

Several CENELEST members took part in this year’s Smart Energy Conference and Exhibition in Sydney/Australia. In addition to presentations, numerous companies were represented as exhibitors at the two-day event. CENELEST participated as an exhibitor with its own booth. During the two days countless discussions were held and numerous new contacts from the international and national Australian sector of energy storage were established.

The effect of the counter ion for Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries

We have published an open access article about the effect of the counter ion in the electrolyte of Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries (VRFB). Sulphate and pure chloride based electrolytes have been compared regarding its electrochemical properties in half-cells and batteries. We show here that the usage of pure chloride based electrolyts results in lower performance and a reaction of V(V) with chlorine.

Vanadium Electrolyte for All-Vanadium Redox-Flow Batteries: The Effect of the Counter Ion
N. Roznyatovskaya, J. Noack, H. Mild, M. Fühl, P. Fischer, K. Pinkwart, J. Tübke, M. Skyllas-Kazacos, Batteries 2019, 5, 13 (OPEN ACCESS)