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AVL’s Wholly Owned Subsidiary, VSUN Energy, Has Sold a Vanadium Redox Flow Battery to Boost the Renewable Energy Supply at an Apple Orchard in Pakenham, Victoria

September 23, 2019 5:11 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

AVL’s Wholly Owned Subsidiary, VSUN Energy, Has Sold a Vanadium Redox Flow Battery to Boost the Renewable Energy Supply at an Apple Orchard in Pakenham, Victoria

VSUN Energy will supply a 20kW/80kWh battery to link with an existing 60kW solar panel system which will be expanded by a further 100kW of solar generation

AVL’s wholly owned subsidiary, VSUN Energy Pty Ltd, has secured an order for a 20kW/80kWh vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) which will go to an apple orchard in Pakenham, Victoria.

The sale confirms AVL’s and VSUN Energy’s promotion of VRFB technology for agriculture, based on the battery’s long duration and inherent safety – it is not flammable and cannot explode.

AVL Managing Director Vincent Algar said: “Having this Australian invention working consistently on a daily basis for the next 20-plus years at the orchard shows that there is a growing recognition of the role that VRFBs can play in the energy storage sector.”

VSUN Energy will collaborate with renewable systems provider Profit Share Power Pty Ltd to install the battery at the 32ha orchard owned by Priest Bros on the edge of Victoria’s Gippsland region.

It will be linked to an existing 60kW solar array which will be expanded by a further 100kW of solar generation to provide a minimum of four hours of stored renewable energy.

The configuration allows the orchard to increase onsite renewable energy consumption and generation far in excess of what would be possible with a standalone solar array. Final project configuration will be subject to successful award of the Victorian on-farm energy grant under the Agriculture Investment Energy Plan.

The family owned and operated orchard aims to reduce emissions from energy generation and provide reliable and renewable energy supply, especially for the packing sheds and irrigation.

For more information, contact Cate Rocchi at cate@perthmedia.com.au