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ITP launch their ARENA funded lithium-ion battery test centre

ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht, ACT Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell and ITP Managing Director Simon Franklin at today's battery test centre launch.

Supported by a $450,000 grant from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, this trial will test the performance of six major lithium-ion battery brands, an advanced lead‑acid battery, and a conventional lead‑acid battery.

The three‑year independent testing is comparing the batteries in hot daytime and cool overnight temperatures similar to real‑world conditions.

Despite recent reductions in the cost of lithium-ion batteries and the potentially significant advantages the technology offers, energy system designers and end-users are cautious about transitioning to new battery technologies.

This is especially the case for remote applications where reliability is critical.

The project seeks to provide independent performance data so people can make informed investment decisions.

The project work includes:

  • Designing and building a battery test centre at the Sustainable Skills Training Hub at the Canberra Institute of Technology.
  • Testing the batteries by cycling (charging and discharging) several times per day, albeit within the manufacturers’ specifications, in order to produce informative test results within three years.
  • Publishing detailed comparative analysis of the test results every six months describing the technical performance and cost-effectiveness of each battery type/brand.

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