Australian Renewable Energy Agency is being provided funding from the government to further research renewable energy storage solutions.
The company Ecoult would be developing upon the fundamentals of the Deka UltraBattery technology platform, which should produce a efficient model for future storage uses of residential and commercial locations.
A Deka UltraBattery is the combination of an enhanced power negative electrode in a lead-acid rechargeable battery. This design gives the battery a extremely low level of electrical resistance similar to a super-capacitor. By developing this type of battery, this eliminates the need for a separate bank of batteries and capacitors, along with the wiring requirements of combining the 2 grids together.
As observed by Energy and Capital:
“In its early stages, the program aims at developing a battery storage system prototype for three main types of deficit charge or distributed energy needs. These include off-grid renewable power, distributed connected storage to support power and voltage fluctuations (especially in areas with a high concentration of rooftop solar installments), and hybrid generation of power to gain efficiencies.”
Ecoult has make progress with the Deka platform in the past, with other installations around the globe. Currently, Ecoult is working on executing its installation at the King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project, thus could reduce its reliance on older less environmentally friendly diesel power systems. Australia is making great strides in environmental advances toward reducing the number of fossil fuel power sources it is currently employing, and that something that we all can benefit from.
By Michael Nace