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Experimental Study on Test-Bed Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

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Rabiul Islam, Benjamin Eckerson, Cameron Nolen, Kwangkook Jeong

Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

Roy McCann

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Paper No. ES2015-49493, pp. V002T13A006; 7 pages
  • ASME 2015 9th International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the ASME 2015 Power Conference, the ASME 2015 13th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, and the ASME 2015 Nuclear Forum
  • Volume 2: Photovoltaics; Renewable-Non-Renewable Hybrid Power System; Smart Grid, Micro-Grid Concepts; Energy Storage; Solar Chemistry; Solar Heating and Cooling; Sustainable Cities and Communities, Transportation; Symposium on Integrated/Sustainable Building Equipment and Systems; Thermofluid Analysis of Energy Systems Including Exergy and Thermoeconomics; Wind Energy Systems and Technologies
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 28–July 2, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division, Solar Energy Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5685-7
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


An experimental study has been conducted to develop a test-bed for advanced vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) for renewable energy applications. Lab scale experimental setup has been designed based on enhanced geometry of mechanical components and reduced power consumption in terms of fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. Two tests have been conducted with variations of flowrate, concentration of electrolytes and electrical input power. The VRFB project has been collaborated between Arkansas State University Jonesboro (ASUJ) and University of Arkansas Fayetteville (UAF) to integrate VRFB with micro-grid at UAF. To obtain comparable experimental data, a test bed made of two half cells was constructed and joined together by a permeable membrane designed to facilitate ion transfer between two separate vanadium electrolytes. This research aims to better understand and demonstrate the transient characteristics of VRFB in order to refine the system in hopes of improving efficiency. This paper will focus on the steps taken to experimentally validate preliminary performance of the VRFB test bed. An analytical model has been performed to validate design and test of VRFB. Future work will be addressed to develop a pilot-scale multiple cell stacks with enhanced efficiency and temperature limits.

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