One Step Off the Grid
Victorian dairy quits grid, turns to solar power and vanadium flow battery
A Victorian dairy farm is looking to cover all of its electricity needs with “affordable and reliable” renewable energy, via the installation of a 450kW solar system and a 80kW/320kWh vanadium redox flow battery.
Meredith Dairy – in the mid-western Victoria town of the same name – is installing the impressive solar and storage system in collaboration with Profit Share Power, with the battery component provided by VSUN Energy.
VSUN’s owner Australian Vanadium Limited said on Thursday that the Dairy’s goal was to have a sustainable operation with full power being supplied via onsite renewables.
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Australian Vanadium (ASX:AVL) has sold another vanadium battery energy storage system through its subsidiary, VSUN Energy.
VSUN Energy will install a 80kW/320kWh battery (also called a VRFB) at a dairy farm in Meredith, Victoria which follows the sale of a 20kW/80kWh energy storage battery to an orchard in Pakenham (also Victoria) in early September.
The same month, VSUN applied for a WA government grant to fund a vanadium-led renewable energy solution at Strelley Community School in the Pilbara region.
VSUN business development manager Sam McGahan told Stockhead that the company is only making small margins on the batteries at the moment, but this would grow as the volume of sales increased.
“We are seeing increased interest from the agricultural sector and remote communities,” McGahan says.
“For anyone who’s reliant on diesel, vanadium redox flow batteries are a great way to reduce diesel costs, reduce the impact of the noise of generators (this applies particularly to mining camps) and reduce emissions.
“It is a very large market in Australia.”
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