Fraunhofer ICT and University of Queensland have signed MoU for research on iron redox flow batteries

University of Queensland and Fraunhofer ICT have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for research and development of iron/iron redox flow batteries. The signing was attended by Hon. Dick Cameron, Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Trade and Investment, who emphasized the importance of the cooperation for the development of a battery industry in Queensland, Australia.

MOU UQ Fraunhofer ICT
MOU UQ Fraunhofer ICT

Lawrence H. Thaller died

Lawrence Thaller passed away on June 20, 2022 at the age of 88. He will be remembered for the term “redox flow battery” and his early work on the subject in the early 1970s. He laid the foundation for flow battery developments at NASA on Ti/Fe and Fe/Cr batteries, which eventually led to extensive research and development in this area.

UNSW enters the top 20

UNSW top 20

UNSW Sydney has moved up 26 spots in the 2024 QS World University Rankings to equal 19th alongside its crosstown counterpart the University of Sydney. The two universities are now ranked equal second in Australia.

The city of Sydney now boasts 10 per cent of the top 20 universities in the world, affirming the city’s reputation as a great global city for higher education. Of 38 Australian universities ranked, three (15 per cent) are in the global top 20, an extraordinary achievement for a nation of only 0.3 per cent of the world’s population.

Read more: https://www.inside.unsw.edu.au/academic-excellence/unsw-sydney-rockets-the-global-top-20-in-the-latest-qs-rankings

New Paper! – Techno-Economic Optimization of Flow Batteries Using the Optimization Potential to Prioritize Different Optimization Possibilities

Gerlach et al 2023

In order to achieve a successful broad market entry of redox flow batteries, not only the technical performance but also the economic efficiency of the system is important. Known flow batteries must therefore be optimized techno-economically for specific applications. Not every technically possible improvement has the same positive influence on the economically relevant performance or energy-related specific costs. With the help of an optimization potential as a value, prioritizations of the optimization approaches possible in concrete cases can be obtained. Extensive comparative measurements on redox flow batteries based on vanadium and on methyl viologen and TEMPO served to establish a data basis for all input values for the model presented here. The data came from measurements of laboratory batteries, since only from these real numerical values for the costs could be obtained. The theoretical model developed in this way can be used as a profound basis in other investigations with e.g. industrial batteries in order to be able to carry out goal-oriented optimization and more realistic comparisons.

You can access the whole paper here: https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1149/1945-7111/acdda0

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1149/1945-7111/acdda0