Technology

Innovation

At the core of Hydraredox’s technology is a proprietary ‘single cell’ design in which each cell operates independently. The key operation parameters of each cell — voltage, electrolyte flow, state of charge (SOC) and current distribution within the cell — are monitored and controlled electronically. Together with several other innovations, this design confers the system unique characteristics and advantages: complete customization, high efficiency, long life, safe operation and full compatibility with renewable energy sources.

Architecture

The HydraRedox system is composed of two independent sections: power and energy.

The power section is composed of individual electrochemical cells connected electrically in series which transform electrical energy into electrochemical energy (charge), and subsequently re-transforms it into electrical energy (discharge). The power required is achieved using a modular system of cells. The system is scalable up to multi-MW, making it ideal for large-scale applications.

The energy section consists of tanks in which the energy is stored in electrochemical form in an aqueous solution, the electrolyte. The energy can be stored for the amount of time required (kWh) ranging from a few minutes to over 24 hours. This widens the range of applications and makes the system ideal for long duration storage.


COMPETITIVE Advantages

The HydraRedox system can be customized not only in terms of energy and power but also in terms of voltage and amperage. The flexible architecture allows complete freedom of design and makes it suitable for a multitude of applications. The system can be charged/discharged at up to 4 times nominal power to accommodate peak periods – and can therefore be sized with a power significantly lower than peak power. HydraRedox can be charged from continuous or intermittent sources without suffering deterioration.

Customizable, Scalable, Versatile

Power Capacity 5kW-50MW
·       Overcharging capacity for peaks 4 x nominal rated power
Energy Capacity Minutes to >24 hours
Rated Current 100A to >2000A
Rated Voltage 12V to >1000V

High Efficiency and Reliability

The HydraRedox system displays high efficiency levels. The roundtrip efficiency is above 85% at rated load, and increases for lower loads – a unique feature which makes the system highly suitable for use in conjunction with renewable sources of power. Unlike many other batteries, the system does not suffer any self-discharge even when idle during long periods of time. The system has immediate wake up i.e. it can be operative in a fraction of a second, making it suitable for back up.

Round Trip DC Efficiency
·       At Rated Load 80 – 85%
·       At Lower Loads 85 – 90%
Current Efficiency Up to 95%
Reaction Time 340µs, suitable for UPS
Depth of Discharge 100%
Self-Discharge Negligible

Long Life

The projected life of the system is ~30 years in line with that of renewables. This is possible thanks to the unique design of the system which does not suffer the deterioration through cycling typical of other batteries. The ease of maintenance while in operation also prolongs the life of the system.

Expected Life ~30 years
Number of Cycles Unlimited

Operationally Safe, Environmentally Neutral

Renewables require a storage solution as environmentally neutral as they are. HydraRedox is the perfect partner: clean, efficient, with a long life. The system does not generate emissions and operates safely at ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure. At the end of its life, the system can be dismantled without environmental impact and the electrolyte, in which the energy is stored, is entirely recyclable.

Operating Temperature -20º / +40ºC
Operating Pressure Atmospheric
Recycling
·       Power Section Environmentally neutral
·       Energy Section Electrolyte 100% reusable /or recyclable

COST EFFECTIVE

HydraRedox systems are designed to lower all costs: production, operation and maintenance, and disposal.

Lower Capex

A high degree of customization, a projected life up to 3 times the life of other technologies and exceptional performance characteristics greatly reduce capex

  • Tailor made solutions: optimization of the system, avoiding surplus
  • No unused capacity: Possibility of overcharge/discharge address peak demand without building excess capacity
  • Long expected life: In line with that of their primary customer – renewables
  • Highly efficient: Overall high efficiency, maintained at all loads which is ideal when used with renewables
  • Full discharge:  Unlike many other batteries, can be fully discharged without suffering any deterioration

Lower Opex

Proprietary design lowers operation and maintenance costs and eliminates safety concerns associated with other batteries.

  • Highly reliable: Designed for easy and low maintenance, without shutdown
  • Fully automated: High degree of control and easy integration into energy systems
  • Safe operation: Operation at ambient temperature and atmospheric pressure, with no environmental impact
  • Negligible self-discharge: Installation can remain idle for long period of time without loss of load
  • Immediate wake-up: Reaction time suitable for UPS and back up even after long idle periods

Lower Cost of Dismantling / Recycling

Significantly lower costs than other technologies at the end of the expected life

  • Power section: Safe and environmentally neutral disposal
  • Energy section: Recyclable – electrolyte solution 100% reusable / vanadium fully extractable

R&D PROJECTS

HydraRedox has received funding from the European Union under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme for SME Institutions: Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon and efficient energy system.

The two-year project entitled ‘ A reliable, efficient, flexible and cost-effective vanadium-redox battery technology for large scale electricity storage: a novel solution for a green grid’ – is focused on the optimization and scalability of HydraRedox’s technology.

more information vrenergy.eu