Vopak is joining Elestor in the further development of Elestor’s hydrogen bromine flow battery. The 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 an 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.”
Elestor CEO Guido Dalessi is especially happy about the opportunity to bring together the expertise of the two companies. “Each has its own expertise. Elestor brings in all its knowledge on its unique hydrogen bromine flow battery technology and Vopak is the largest independent tank storage provider specialized in the 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 competencies.”
Royal Vopak is the world’s leading independent tank storage company. With over 400 years of history and a focus on sustainability, it focuses on clean and efficient storage and handling of bulk liquid products and gases. “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”, Van de Voort adds.
Elestor 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).
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