- Lead Organisation
University of WollongongLocation
Wollongong, New South WalesARENA Program
11 April 2016
30 May 2022
- Project PartnersSydney Water, Nano-Nouvelle, McNair, Liao Ning Hong Cheng Electric Power Co, Hebei ANZ New Energy Technology CompanyThis battery project was completed on 30 May 2022.
The Smart Sodium Storage System project will develop and integrate a new type of sodium-ion battery in a low-cost, modular and expandable energy storage system to be demonstrated at the Illawarra Flame House and Sydney Water’s Bondi Sewage Pumping Station.
- This project aimed to develop a low cost sodium battery and battery architecture for use in energy storage solutions.
- The project focussed on material development and identified two candidates for cathodes: layered oxides and Prussian Blue.
- Hard carbon for the anode dedication made the battery cell construction and demonstration possible.
- The project also included the development of an Energy Management System and two sodium-ion battery packs produced with oxide based cathode chemistry
- Although the scale-up production technology requires further development, the project helped researchers to build expertise and subsequently take up leadership roles in Australia and overseas.
- Finally, the project has helped lay the foundation in the field of sodium-ion battery storage for Australia and enabled the University of Wollongong to contribute towards this cutting-edge technology.
Media Release: Sodium-Ion Battery Pilot in Bondi Could Change the way we Store Energy
ARENA joined with project participants to announce commissioning of the $10.6 million renewable energy generation system at the Bondi pumping station which features 6 kW of solar panels, an energy management system and a temporary lithium-ion battery pack.
Current energy storage solutions rely heavily on lithium-ion battery technology, and it is predicted the cost of lithium and cobalt will rise sharply in response to increased demand as electric vehicles and other energy storage applications become widespread.
A low-cost battery chemistry that can compete with the performance characteristics of lithium-ion batteries could provide the basis for a new class of alternative turn-key (or ready to use) energy storage solutions.
The Smart Sodium Storage System project will develop a new sodium-ion battery architecture, optimised for use in renewables storage applications, by building on the world-class energy materials research and deep industry ties of the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM).
Facilities at the ISEM used to prototype and characterise the sodium-ion batteries for ISEM’s industry-leading researchers will be upgraded and expanded to support the rapid development of the battery architecture.
A modular, expandable packaging system with integrated battery and thermal management systems will be developed, produced and validated through two applications: a 5 kWh battery at Illawarra Flame House, an award-winning net-zero energy home, and a 30 kWh integrated battery and energy management system at Sydney Water’s Bondi Sewage Pumping Station.
The Sydney Water site will alsohave an energy management system developed as part of this project, which will integrate and manage renewable energy generation, storage and consumption in an efficient manner by utilising intelligent algorithms and control strategies.
The Sydney Water site will demonstrate the turn-key nature of the system and highlight the suitability of sodium-ion batteries for use in utility applications.
A new sodium-ion battery architecture will be developed with comparable performance to marketplace alternatives. A low-cost, modular and expandable sodium-ion battery pack system will be built around the sodium-ion battery architecture, with integrated battery and thermal management systems.
And a comprehensive report will be produced on the economic impact that energy storage, particularly sodium-ion-based storage, will have on the uptake and penetration of renewables generation in Australian and global markets.
Professor Shi Xue Dou, Director ISEM, University of Wollongong
Phone: 02 4221 8730
Jonathan Knott, Research Fellow, University of Wollongong
Phone: 02 4298 1424
Sydney Water’s Bondi sewage pumping station will soon store renewable energy in sodium-ion battery packs, trialling the cheaper alternative to the traditional lithium-ion batteries.
Solar and wind power are vital to meeting our current and future energy needs but they don’t generate electricity 24/7. So to ensure our power system stays reliable as more renewables come online, we need energy storage.