Green Energy – Green Storage

Components from VANEVO enable storing green energy in redox flow batteries – at low costs and ecologically friendly!

How is VANEVO different?

VANEVO has developed a new assembly approach for the key component of redox flow batteries – the stack. VANEVO stacks need less complex parts compared to state of the art stacks, reducing the overall requirements. The assembly process is optimized for automation, allowing for fast stack manufacturing at low costs.

Our approach: Using adhesives instead of compressible sealings.

Due to the elimination of compressible sealings, massive end plates are no longer necessary – resulting in lighter stacks that are easier to handle.

The VANEVO stack: Easier, faster, cheaper.

Stack technologies compared:

State of the Art

  • Numerous, complex parts
  • Tedious assembly
  • Heavy due to massive end plates
  • High costs

VANEVO

  • Less complex parts and and less parts overall
  • Quick and easy to automate
  • No massive end plates
  • Reduced costs

How do redox flow batteries work?

In redox flow batteries, electrical energy is stored in two liquids, the electrolytes.

These electrolytes are stored in tanks. The electrolytes can be charged or discharged by circulation through the stacks.
Redox flow batteries are non-flammable, show a high cycle life, are recyclable and offer the lowest levelized costs of storage.

The advantage of this technology: it is safe, long-lasting, cheap and sustainable.

By the way: redox flow batteries are a proven technology which has been constantly advanced over decades.

Applications of redox flow batteries

The generation of green energy from renewable sources is not continuous but fluctuating.
When there is no wind or no sun, e.g. at night, no electricity from solar or wind can be generated.
For the energy transition towards renewable energies, a continuous and reliable power supply by means of electricity storage is necessary.

Redox flow batteries are perfectly suited as buffer for renewable electricity.

Redox flow batteries can be used in various applications:

  • Buffer for renewables for increased consumption by owner
  • Charging stations for electric cars
  • Peak shaving in industrial applications
  • Grid storage
  • Storage in island grids/micro grids e.g. especially in developing countries

VANEVO – the Team

2015
During his PhD at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Jan investigated redox flow batteries.
Soon he came up with the question: why is this advantageous technology not really present in the market?
The simple answer: it‘s too expensive!
Approaches and solutions to reduce costs were developed and a patent application was filed.
Together with 3 colleagues and funded by a project grant, the idea to cut down the costs of redox flow batteries was turned into a business idea.

2016
Jannick joined the team and supported the redox flow activities within his bachelor thesis.

2018
Arne, an engineer and experienced CAD designer, became part of the team. The VANEVO GmbH was founded. Purpose of the company: Development and production of components for redox flow batteries.

2019 / 2020
Arne, Jannick and Jan improve the technical approaches and the business model. Another patent application for an improved production approach was filed.

Upcoming: Grow with more employees and setting up serial production!

Dr. Jan grosse Austing

Co-Founder, Electrochemist

  • Domain expert for redox flow batteries and the energy sector. In charge of the electrochemistry and the business development.

Arne grosse Austing

Co-Founder, Engineer

  • CAD designer of stacks and modules. Manufactures the parts for the prototypes on our CNC milling machine. System designer for the serial production of the stacks.

Jannick Helms

Engineer/Physicist

  • Keeps the test rigs running and takes care of the prototype assembly. Developer of the control system, the base for our upcoming battery management system.

Working with VANEVO

We hire! For our technical developments and the upcoming market entry we look for support.

If you’re interested in working for a startup and you’d like to push VANEVO forward with your ideas, write us to jobs@vanevo.de!

We’re looking forward to your message – whether specific to a job posting or a spontaneous application!

News

NBank Capital invests in VANEVO GmbH

12/30/2020

  • On Dec. 30th, 2020, VANEVO and NBank Capital have signed an investment agreement.

VANEVO wins the 2nd place of the DurchSTARTER-Award 2020 in the category science spin-off

12/1/2020

  • Among 92 applicants, VANEVO managed to win the second place of the DurchSTARTER-Award 2020 in the category science spin-off.

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