Australia Pursues the Sodium Battery Dream

By [email protected] An Australian team is looking to commercialize a large-scale sodium battery technology, despite the chemistry’s long and checkered history.

Researchers at the University of Wollongong (UOW), New South Wales, are developing a 5-kilowatt-hour sodium-ion battery pack that can be used for stationary storage applications, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

A 30-kilowatt-hour battery system is due to be tested alongside solar panels at a Sydney Water sewage pumping station in 2019, said ARENA, which has put AUD $2.7 million (USD $2.1 million) into developing the technology.

Before then, a single 5-kilowatt-hour battery will debut in a UOW sustainable home

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