Honeywell moves into flow batteries

Honeywell moves into flow batteries

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By Nick Flaherty

Honeywell has developed a new flow battery technology that works with renewable generation sources such as wind and solar to meet the demand for sustainable energy storage.

The flow battery uses a safe, non-flammable electrolyte that converts chemical energy to electricity to store energy for later use while meeting the environmental, longevity and safety objectives of utilities.

The flow battery can be integrated with Honeywell’s Experion PKS process management system and its enterprise performance management solution, Honeywell Forge, for remote monitoring. The combination of technologies and renewable energy generation sources will provide a complete integrated energy storage solution for utilities and independent power producers and establish Honeywell as one of the first vertically integrated end-to-end energy storage solution providers from battery manufacturing to integration, controls, energy management systems and performance contracts. 

The 400kWh system can store and discharge electricity for up to 12 hours, exceeding the duration of lithium-ion batteries, which can only discharge up to 4 hours. The battery is designed with recyclable components and does not degrade over time.

The flow battery technology will be tested by Duke Energy at its Emerging Technology and Innovation Centre in Mount Holly, N.C. in 2022. Honeywell aims to deploy a utility-scale pilot project of 60MWh in 2023.

Honeywell is not commenting on the materials used, except to say it uses a non-rare earth element that is easy to source and not the more established vanadium technology. It also point to its expertise in membranes, where it has its own membrane manufacturing and test facility.

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“With this flow battery, Honeywell has developed an innovative energy storage technology to answer upcoming energy storage needs beyond the current technologies available on the market,” said Ben Owens, vice president and general manager, Honeywell Sustainable Technology Solutions. “As utilities and corporations seek cost-effective alternatives to coal-fired plants with long-duration energy storage solutions, they are switching to renewable energy targets that work around the clock to reduce carbon emissions. By partnering with Duke, we can implement this innovate energy storage technology at scale and bring to market a revolutionary flow battery to meet growing energy storage demands while assisting companies in meeting their carbon neutral goals.”

“Duke Energy has followed flow battery technology for a number of years and is interested in the advancements Honeywell is pursuing,” said Tom Fenimore, director, Smart Grid Emerging Technology and Operations. “Our Emerging Technology and Innovation Center is an ideal proving ground to study this technology. Over the next five years, Duke Energy plans to install almost 400 megawatts of battery storage capacity in our service territory. We have a keen interest in breakthrough technologies.”

Market researchers predicts the long duration energy storage market will grow to $13.7B by 2030 and require 115 gigawatts (GW) of energy storage to support the implementation of wind and solar capacity.

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