The International Flow Battery Forum
IFBF 2017 27-29 June Manchester, England





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Introductory Seminar

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The introductory seminar covered electrical energy storage and included an introduction to flow batteries. The seminar covered the important technical and commercial aspects of flow battery design, manufacture and operation.  The seminar also included some background on the need for energy storage on power systems market opportunities, and provided the knowledge for delegates to engage with the range of topics at the IFBF.   

The half day introductory seminar covered the following topics:

 * An introduction to electrical energy storage:

  • Definitions
  • Energy storage for grid & non grid applications
  • Classification and overview of electrical energy storage technologies
  • Key issues for electrical energy storage:
    • Renewable generation
    • Energy trading
    • Commercial operation
    • Applications for long duration energy storage
    • Deployment status of flow batteries
    • Key commercial issues for the flow battery industry

*Flow battery theory:

  • Definitions: primary and secondary batteries, conventional and flow batteries and fuel cells
  • Electrochemical cell design: monopolar and bipolar cells
  • Flow battery chemistries: choice of couples, couples in development. 
  • Key electrochemical characteristics and performance of flow batteries, cell voltage, current density, cell resistance, side reactions

*Flow battery design, scale up and manufacture:

  • Cell design issues: flow distribution, current collection

*System design: Pumps & ancillary systems

  • Choice of materials electrodes, separators / membrane, manufacturing processes

*Power conversion

  • Electrolyte conditioning and battery management
    Materials supply chain issues
    Flow battery operation and performance



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