Ryukyu Electric Power Co.,Ltd.
New Product Data
May 2008 Ver.02
(NEW REDOX Flow Battery)
The substantially safe NEW REDOX Flow Battery
The name Redox Flow Battery comes from batteries utilizing oxidation and reduction of Vanadium element, and we improved the existing system into a New REDOX Flow Battery “VANASAVER ” which is safer, inexpensive, longer-lasting and higher performance electrical charging and discharging battery for the 21 st century. The name VANASAVER is derived from a combination of Vana, an abbreviation of vanadium, and saver, which also means life-guarding at disaster and economization of energy.
VANASAVER is full of unique function and abundant with variations from the small sized machines of 3kWh to the mW large machines for wind farm and solar power stations. These products will be released gradually.
※Both VANASAVER(copyright) and REDOX(trademark) are already registered by Ryukyu Electric Power Co.,Ltd.
The Basic Principle of VANASAVER
VANASAVER is a storage battery system in which undiluted vanadium solution is diluted with pure water and electric power is stored by taking advantage of changes in the atomic value of the electrolyte in the Solution. The basic mechanism applies the principle of vanadium based Redox Flow developed by NASA. VASNASAVER uses homogeneous electrolytes in both negative and positive electrode. The stored energy volume depends on the quantity of electrolyte. The electrolyte developed by us is safe and harmless to human body. It can be installed anywhere because there is no risk of combustion and burn injury. The system charges and discharges electric energy by circulating vanadium solution from both anode and cathode tanks to the ion-exchange membrane in the battery cell. Once electric energy is stored in the aqueous solution, it can be stored as it is for many years. Storage of large amount of electric energy becomes possible by installing solution tank underground and battery cell and control panel above, and connecting of pipes Charge Discharge for solution circulation . Electric power can be secured Bidirectional Inverter by way of installation even if it is submerged. Control Panel
Structure of cell Unit
Ion Exchange Cell Unit
Electrolyte Tank V5+ / V4+
Electrolyte tank V2 + / V3 +
Structure of VANASAVER
What is “VANASAVER” ?
VANASAVER, the New REDOX Flow Battery, is an epoch-making and very practical electric energy storage system which can be combined with small solar power plants to large scale solar power station or wind-power farms, covering of charge and discharge from minute electric energy to Mega-Watt scale large amount of electricity that had been unable to store in conventional battery systems. Connecting it to newly-built or existing solar or windpower systems. It also enables efficient utilization of electricity by accumulating minute or surplus electricity which had also been unable to store in conventional method.
As long as there are VANASAVER and solar or wind-power systems, fully utilization of electricity becomes possible even in the area where electricity was not previously covered. The most effective point is that by utilization of the electricity generated by natural energy, VANASAVER contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions.
In case of disaster or emergency
Intellectual Property pending Patent pending
For effective utilization of natural energy
Strong Points of VANASAVER
Wide Variation Can be used for storage of small to large volume electric power. The electricity stored in VANASAVER is never naturally discharged and can be preserved over long period of time. Main unit and the solution tank can be separated so that VANASAVER can be set up according to condition. Our uniquely developed aqueous solution of pure water is safe and harmless to human, animals and plants. A simple structure and easy maintenance. Needless to mention commercial electricity, capability of being combined with any kinds of electricity generated by natural energy. A small-sized storage system which is capable of storing large amount of electricity. （In case of a large-sized VANASAVER, electrolyte is separated. ） Advantageous in cost versus effectiveness owing to lower price. （VANASAVER is about one half the price of other type of same volume battery. ） When abolish, material of most of the components can be recycled. In case it is damaged at the worst and aqueous solution leak out, there is no fear of danger and soil pollution. Very effective as a countermeasure against global warming. Capability of reducing the electric rate by using inexpensive electric power at night time. There are various other advantages.
Long-lasting Free Set Up Safe Simple Versatility Mniaturization Mniaturization Low-priced Ecological Clean Earth Protection
Comparison of Battery
Power Rate (Min.-Max) Reactants Electrolyte Auxiliaries Maintenance Operating Temperature High output Operation Activation Time After Long Suspension Energy Density Ratio Cost (JPY/kW) *1 Cost (JPY/kWh) *1 Storage Efficiency *2 Lifetime *2 Residual Power Detection Construction Period Reliability *1 Security Measures *1 Legal Procedures *1 Special Affairs VANASAVER (New Redox Flow Battery) 3 kW-10MW or more Anode: Pentavalent Vanadium ion Cathode: Bivalent vanadium ion Diluted solution of Dilute Sulfuric Acid with Pure Water Electrolyte Circulating Pump Maintenance Free
NaS Battery 200kW～10MW以上 Anode: Sulfur Cathode: Sodium Beta-alumina Heater Resetting of Residual Power by Full Charge 300-350℃ Up to tripled Several Days ２.５ 760,000 106,000 75％ 15 years Ah Integrator 3 Months OK OK Fire Department Law Building Standards Law The maintenance of temperature at hightemperature range is required
Lead Storage Battery 10kW～400kW Anode: Lead Dioxide Cathode: Lead Dilute Sulfuric Acid None Equalized Charge per Week Ordinary Temperature Up to tripled Instant １.３３ 530,000 66,000 75-77% 10 years Battery Voltage 2 Months OK OK Notification to Fire Department
Ordinary Temperature Up to Tripled Instant (Nonstop Function OP) １ 200,000 or more 25,00075% or more 30 years (electrolyte) Cell Detection & Meter indicator 1 Day(S30) /1Week-2Months OK OK In Inquiry Input / Output of the battery and charging capacity can be separately designed.
※ １ According to the research on possible introduction of Wind Energy Plants with Electricity Storage Technologies by NED, Feb.2002, and Ryukyu Electric Power Co.,Ltd. Equipment specification. ※ ２ The case of common electric-load leveling