SONAR final meeting in Karlsruhe

EU project SONAR final meeting 2023

The final meeting of the EU project SONAR took place on 13.12.23. As a reminder: In SONAR, seven different research institutions worked on the development of a computational high-throughput screening process for novel organic active materials for redox flow batteries. The demonstrator is available at We will provide a final version of the project website at In other words, we will now reorganize it somewhat and have already started to do so, so that information and results from the individual SONAR participants will be available.

Finally, and very importantly, the Fraunhofer SCAI is now offering a service for all interested parties as a point of contact for the developed screening process. In principle, the screening is not limited to redox flow batteries, but can ultimately be adapted for all organic materials with specific properties, especially for other battery types.

It has been a special honor for me to coordinate this very interesting project over the last four years with these extremely professional and outstanding partners.

Meeting at the University of Queensland

Visit at University of Queensland AIBN

On November 21, 23, a meeting between ESIAP, QUT, Fraunhofer ICT and UNSW took place in Brisbane at the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering.

The subject of the discussions was the future cooperation between ESIAP, Fraunhofer ICT, UQ and UNSW.

Visit of ESIAP and Queensland University of Technology

Visit at Queensland University of Technology

On November 20, 2023, a meeting was held in Brisbane at the invitation of Energy Storage Asia Pacific at their location followed by a visit to the Queensland University of Technology. Also present was Prof. Maria Skyllas-Kazacos, developer of the vanadium redox flow battery. The subject of the discussions was the future cooperation of all five institutions, ESIAP, Fraunhofer ICT, QUT, UQ and UNSW.

Lawrence H. Thaller passed away

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.

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