PROJECT BACKGROUND

Battery performance testing for a brighter future

Before installing any kind of new technology in your business, home or community, you need to know it will perform – and stand the test of time. Manufacturers of lithium-ion batteries claim they are more efficient, last longer and take up less space than traditional lead-acid batteries. But as yet there is no widely available, independent data to support these claims. That’s why ITP Renewables is leading the way with this world-first lithium battery comparison test site, backed and funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Compare unbiased real-time battery performance data

Our battery performance testing takes place in a climate controlled building at the Canberra Institute of Technology, and will run for three years. The testing involves cycling each battery three times each day so that over the life of the trial the performance of each battery would be expected to degrade as much as nine year old battery in a typical setting.

The testing commenced in June 2016 with eight batteries including six lithium-ion batteries, one conventional lead acid battery and one advanced lead battery.

In June 2017 a second phase of testing commenced with ten additional batteries, including eight lithium-ion products, a zinc-bromide flow battery and a aqueous hybrid ion battery.

All batteries were shortlisted because they are commercially available and cover a spectrum of prices and chemistry variants. To ensure independence all batteries were purchased at full retail prices, primarily from third party distributors. ARENA’s contribution to both phases of the project will amount to $870,000.