What bill shock?: WA nursery celebrates two years of shunning the grid

What bill shock?: WA nursery celebrates two years of shunning the grid

A Busselton nursery is celebrating two and a half years of paying nothing for its electricity usage after installing an industrial size battery and small solar array on its block two hours south of Perth.

Lucy Stuart and her husband Ian installed a 10kW power 100kWh vanadium redox flow battery at their native tree nursery in 2016 and since then has not paid for any of the energy its used.

Sydney Morning Herald article

Busselton farmer’s renewable energy win

A Busselton farmer has not had to pay for any of the energy they used for more than two and a half years after installing a renewable energy device.

Farmer Lucy Stuart helped pioneer a vanadium redox flow battery when she bought a battery for her native tree nursery she owns with her husband Ian.

Ms Stuart said since they had installed the vanadium flow battery, they had not experienced any interruptions to power and had not paid for any power.

The battery was the first vanadium redox flow battery installed in WA and was the first of its type sold by VSUN Energy which markets industrial-grade vanadium redox flow batteries.

Busselton Mail article


Looking beyond lithium-ion in energy storage

VSUN Energy had a small mention in this article from Utility Magazine.  With the focus having been on lithium-ion for energy storage solutions, there is some evidence that energy professionals are now looking to other options such as vanadium redox flow batteries, to provide storage where the ratio of power to energy is 1:4 or greater.

Utility Magazine article

Vanadium redox flow batteries bid for Australia storage trial

Best Mag Energy Storage Publishing

Renewables storage firm VSUN Energy is bidding to use vanadium redox flow (VRFB) batteries in a trial standalone power systems (SPS) project in Western Australia (WA).

WA’s energy minister Ben Wyatt has given the green light for electricity distributor Western Power to conduct the SPS demonstration within part of the state’s South West Interconnected Network— with 60 locations earmarked to take part.

VSUN Energy Targets Stand-Alone Power Systems Project

VSUN Energy Targets Stand-Alone Power Systems Project

  • VSUN Energy has submitted a registration of interest to Western Power for its Stand-alone Power Systems project
  • 60 locations in regional Western Australia have been identified by Western Power
  • Western Australian Energy Minister, Ben Wyatt, has given permission for Western Power to conduct this large demonstration project
  • Vanadium redox flow batteries are becoming a key technology in the global energy story

AVL ASX announcement

CellCube VRB installation at Bussleton, Western Australia.