22 Jun 2023
Vecco Group

Energy Queensland signs deal for Vecco Group and Sumitomo Electric Vanadium battery in South East Queensland

The Queensland Government has sealed a deal for vanadium processed in Townsville to be used in Energy Queensland batteries as the state powers ahead with its energy future.

Energy Queensland Executive General Manager Customer Michael Dart was on hand for the announcement by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palasszczuk at the Vecco Group’s Townville Vanadium Battery Manufacturing Facility, and to get a tour of the plant.

Vanadium batteries in comparison with lithium-ion batteries last longer at up to 20 years, have lower rates of degradation and are almost 100 per cent recyclable.  

This commitment paves the way for Queensland to use vanadium batteries in the Queensland SuperGrid, with Energy Queensland inking a deal with Vecco and Sumitomo Electric to trial a vanadium battery in South-East Queensland.

Energy Queensland and Vecco Group will also work together to assess the benefits and technical considerations for connecting more vanadium batteries to the electricity network.