Accelerating the Future...
- FINALIST : Energy & Power
- Award Year: 2019
- Nominee URL: https://www.echemion.com/
eChemion has developed a new type of bipolar plate for redox flow batteries — eC17 — that can extend bipole service life, reduce ohmic resistance, increase stack efficiency, provide acid impermeability, and decrease the cost of the final product.
eC17 is used within the electrode stack of redox flow batteries, which are often targeted for cost reduction as they account for roughly 30% to 35% of the total cost of the battery.
eChemion develops advanced materials for energy storage and power generation markets. Our focus is to design and manufacture materials that improve performance while simultaneously improving our customers’ gross margins. With an electrical infrastructure capable of generating and distributing renewable energy, eChemion believes the cost of renewable energy should converge on being “free,” with the only recurrent cost arising in maintenance fees. However, due to the misalignment between when energy demand is placed on the grid and when renewable energy generation can be provided to the grid, renewable energy must have a way of being stored until it is needed. This last hurdle is energy storage and this is why we’ve chosen to focus on this market for our first product launch, a bipolar plate called eC17 that is used by Redox Flow Battery Manufacturers.