Vanadium Operated CellCube Used as Energy Storage Solution in NYC
CellCube vanadium redox flow batteries are a new type of battery that runs on vanadium, rather than lithium. Vanadium is a unique battery material because unlike the material in lithium batteries, it can be used on both positive and negative sides of a battery, thus preventing the battery electrodes from degrading.
The CellCube is manufactured by Gildemeister, the German firm American Vanadium works with in marketing and selling the mega batteries, and is one of kind because unlike other energy storage solutions, the CellCube guarantees uninterrupted power supply. It is independent of weather fluctuations and can run with or without wind and sun and it has been acknowledged for its renewable energy output and is considered a milestone in the history of regenerative energy.
American Vanadium is an energy storage company that owns the only known vanadium mine in the United States, which is critical for providing vanadium electrolyte for the CellCube systems. Despite the name and the location of its primary mine, American Vandium is a Canadian company, operating out of Vancouver. The company utilizes the German firm, Gildemeister, to manufacture the CellCube energy storage system.
Because the CellCube runs on vanadium, it can provide multiple hours of energy for long duration requirements with ease, which makes this energy storage system one that many companies and cities will be excited to obtain
The company has recently partnered with New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to demonstrate the energy management abilities of the CellCube. In a press release about the project, the Americna Vanadium Board states, “The project will demonstrate how vanadium flow battery technology, capable of multi-hour and multi-megawatt energy storage, can enable NYC commercial buildings to be “smarter” about how and when they use energy, and provide resiliency in times of need.”
Also in regards to the NYC project, Dr. William Acker, Executive Director of the New York Battery and Energy Storage Technology consortium (NY-BEST), stated, “New York State is actively pursuing commercially ready technologies that will help grow a clean energy economy and improve the reliability, efficiency and overall performance of our electric power delivery system. This project will demonstrate the important role energy storage can play in helping consumers save money, reduce peak load demands and provide the grid serving New York with stored energy during times of shortage or disruption.”
The results of the project will reveal how efficient the CellCube is and will no doubt have utility companies interested in learning more about this new type of energy storage potential.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.