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Research project: RELCoBatt: Reclaimed Electrolyte, Low Cost Flow Battery

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Working with key partners in the UK and stakeholders in Africa, this project will develop a low-cost (<$100/kWh), soluble lead flow battery to promote grid stability and secure, clean supply in off-grid generation in Developing Economies in Africa, including Botswana and Sierra Leone.

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Electrochemical energy storage systems can provide grid stability and efficient energy vectoring in areas where demand is increasing but supply is restricted. A unique advantage of the proposed battery is the ability to use recycled conventional automotive batteries for its manufacture, thereby creating a local supply chain and servicing capability. To guide system design and aid in cost reductions, a techno-economic assessment of the soluble lead flow battery using the new electrolyte system will be performed in parallel with experimental developments thereby fast-tracking best approaches.

 

An overview of the RELCoBatt project is available here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kelEnWIwRNE

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