ICL bets on bromine for energy storage

Israel Chemicals Ltd. is investing in zinc bromide flow battery technology from companies like Primus Power and Redflow in a bid to grow the energy storage bromine market. Photo credit: ICL

Israel Chemicals Ltd is investing in zinc bromide flow battery technology from companies like Primus Power and Redflow in a bid to grow the energy storage bromine market. Photo: ICL

By Jason Deign

The manufacturing giant Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL) is looking to support flow battery vendors in order to extend the market for bromine supplies.

The support will be in the form of energy storage deployments alongside ICL’s manufacturing centres and improvements to bromine compounds used by flow battery makers, said Charles Weidhas, CEO of ICL Industrial Products.

ICL is not considering flow battery company acquisitions at present, he told Energy Storage Report. “We are now talking to battery companies to see what we can do to support larger-scale applications,” Weidhas said.

“The thing that’s attractive for us is that we’re in the bromine business, and looking for ways to grow bromine. All analysts are optimistic that more and more batteries are going to be used.”

Last month ICL announced that it had installed a Primus Power EnergyCell zinc bromide-based flow battery at a manufacturing site in Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA, dedicated to the production of fire retardants.
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Energy storage news: 04.06.14

RedFlow is collaborating with Schneider Electric to develop its zinc-bromide flow battery energy storage systems.

RedFlow is collaborating with Schneider Electric to develop its zinc-bromide flow battery energy storage systems. Photo credit: RedFlow

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RedFlow unveils Zn-Br storage system

Developer RedFlow has unveiled a new renewable energy battery storage system that comprises 24 zinc-bromine batteries housed in a 20-foot shipping container. The M90 has a 90 kilowatt power output with 240 kilowatt-hours of capacity.

The company has 65 zinc-bromine battery systems installed across Australia and internationally, and this latest edition has found a home at the University of Queensland’s St Lucia campus, where it is connected to a solar photovoltaic array.

Mixed news for zinc-bromide company

First the bad news. Zinc-bromide energy storage company ZBB has announced losses of $2.88 million, or 4 cents a share, in the fiscal first quarter, as compared with $1.7 million for the same period last year.

But the good news is the company has snapped up a long-term supply agreement from an unidentified engine manufacturer for electronics used in hybrid electric buses, which will result in orders of $1.36 million, including $500,000 worth of orders that are being shipped in this quarter.