Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) - technology comparison, acquisition of experience, development of use cases and energy management strategies

This project addresses knowledge gaps associated with Vanadium for Redox Flow Cells as electric storage devices in comparison with other electricity storage approaches. In particular, it plans to conduct comprehensive survey of energy storage solutions and compare them to Vanadium Redox Flow Battery (VRFB) from a variety of perspectives (steady state and transient efficiencies, fixed and variable costs, lifetime, scalability, safety, environmental impact, parasitic losses, etc.). In addition, with our industrial partners, we will conduct a pilot-scale deployment of actual VRFB battery system to evaluate their performance under different deployment scenarios performing economic and environmental assessment of VRFB technology.

This project is co-funded by Alberta Innovates and developed in partnership with Fraunhofer UMSICHT (German research institute that developed a new VRFB stack fabrication process) and their spin-off company Volterion GmbH. 

The system will be installed at a test site operated by a local industrial partner.

Energy.AI^3 Accelerator

Petr Musilek, Daniel May, Steven (Shida) Zhang, Peter Atrazhev


Energy Futures Lab Fellowship

Petr Musilek


Market progress of the Vanadium Redox Flow Battery technology: overview of the market development

Petr Musilek, Carolina Quiroz Juarez

Report, brief, and other forms of grey literature

Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries: A Review of Use Cases for Microgrids and Comparison with Other Technologies

Petr Musilek, Carolina Quiroz Juarez

Scholarly Refereed Journal