Batteries play a crucial role in the reliable integration of renewable energy sources. Australian made battery technology is already powering production here and around the world.
Batteries can be turned on and off within a fraction of a second, allowing them to convert stored energy into electricity and provide instant power as needed. They can be used in situations where a large amount of power is required, such as in electric vehicles and mobile devices. To date, the prevailing compact battery designs have depended heavily on critical minerals, notably lithium.
The most critical of minerals for batteries, such as lithium, can be prioritised for mobile applications. In vehicles, phones and other devices that move, it is important that the energy storage in them is small and light. Batteries that do not move, such as the big batteries that firm our electricity grid, can often be heavier and bigger. More economical battery designs can be used for these stationary batteries.
For grid firming, batteries can also team up with other forms of energy storage that take a little longer to turn on and off, such as pumped hydro. The ability of a battery to respond instantaneously can be used. Batteries can provide energy for a few seconds while the other energy storage turns on.
Whether it’s a phone battery, home battery, community scale battery or a ‘big’ power plant battery, the underlying function is similar. Batteries can also provide important backup electricity for telecommunications, public transportation and medical procedures.
Our Hunter Energy Evolution video series showcases the cutting-edge innovations and potential of the Hunter region's businesses in the cleantech space. 3ME Technology is one of these power players leading the way.
Electric vehicles are safe and durable enough for tough conditions but require robust batteries. Customised batteries from 3ME Technology are used in heavy-duty and specialist applications such as mining and military electric vehicles and equipment.
We can have much cheaper batteries without rare metals. Born in the Hunter, Allegro's battery design uses readily available materials without compromising performance. This flow battery or supercapacitor can be used for small to large-scale energy storage and EVs for a fast charge.
EVO Power is an Australian technology company that enables the electrification of large commercial and small utility projects with fully integrated energy storage solutions. Their turnkey Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and software solutions enable participation in market trading and grid services.
Energy Renaissance is a battery manufacturer born in the Hunter. It is committed to creating and making all Australian lithium-ion batteries from cells to complete battery solutions and accelerating Australia’s transition to a clean energy superpower.
Based in the Hunter, Janus Electric converts Class 8 Prime Movers from diesel to battery electric with a unique exchangeable battery solution, and manufacture the batteries and charge stations that power the converted trucks. Janus Side Batteries also feed into the grid making them a virtual power plant.
Magellan Power design and produce durable power electronics for the harsh conditions that Australian, homes, mining and industry face. Their range includes AC and DC power systems, inverters, UPS, and energy storage solutions.
PowerPlus design and manufacture Australian-made lithium batteries, battery cabinets and Battery Energy Storage Systems for a wide range of renewable energy projects. This family-run business place high value on collaborating with local suppliers.
RedEarth Energy Storage
RedEarth Energy Storage is an Australian-owned and operated manufacturer of scalable, remotely monitored energy storage systems, focussing on the needs of the Australian market.
Redflow manufactures zinc-bromine flow batteries that are free of lithium. These batteries use chemical components dissolved in liquid to store electrical energy for long durations.
Vaulta’s no-weld battery design means modules can be easily assembled and disassembled, cells reused and recycled, and new cells added as battery technology continues to evolve. Their batteries have a range of applications from stationary storage, electric vehicles and more.
WA pCAM Hub
Australian research has paved the way for more sustainable battery processing and recycling. WA pCAM hub is a project by Pure Battery Technologies Limited, which aims to implement a low-emissions process in its first-of-a-kind facility.
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Affordable renewable hydrogen opens up a world of manufacturing possibilities.
The Cleantech Showcase lists examples of projects that are capable of propelling us towards a prosperous, zero emissions Australia.
This list is not exhaustive and many more comparable projects may exist.
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