EnerVenue has agreed to supply batteries to Green Energy Renewable Solutions for use in custom building blocks for marine applications, construction sites and other heavy industry projects. The deal marks EnerVenue’s fourth major battery supply deal since launching operations in 2020.

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EnerVenue, an American nickel-hydrogen battery startup launched at the height of the pandemic in the summer of 2020, has signed a supply framework agreement with Green Energy Renewable Solutions, under which the latter will purchase and supply 250 MWh of batteries over the next three years.

The company will deliver 50 MWh of capacity in 2023, 100 MWh in 2024 and 100 MWh in 2025. Green Energy’s parent company, Nicon Industries A/S – a steel and aluminum manufacturer in the wind, offshore and maritime – aims to build 1 GW of storage projects within three years, according to a statement from the company.

“EnerVenue’s technology exhibits exceptional longevity and durability with minimal maintenance required, and its fire-fighting properties are particularly critical in our intended applications,” said Henrik Jensen, CEO of Nicon Industries.

EnerVenue claims that its nickel-hydrogen batteries have a lifespan of more than 30 years, through more than 30,000 cycles without suffering degradation, as well as overcharge, overdischarge and deep cycle capabilities. The company also claims costs per kilowatt-hour as low as a penny, as well as higher investment costs than lithium-ion batteries.

Unlike lithium-ion, metal-hydrogen batteries excel in extreme heat and extreme cold conditions, the company says. The solution works best in ambient temperatures from -40 F to 140 F (60°C). For this reason, the battery poses no risk of fire or thermal runaway and does not contain any toxic materials, making it recyclable.

These properties are especially crucial for safety and compliance in maritime and offshore projects, where Nicon plans to deploy storage solutions over the long term. The batteries will initially be deployed on land, for large construction and heavy industry projects, packaged in custom building blocks. The solutions will have to meet DNV certification and CE certification mandates to be deployed in the offshore and maritime market.

“By 2024, Nicon’s forklifts will be converted from fossil fuel to electric power and will be loaded with Green Energy battery containers,” said Jens Juul, COO of Nicon. “In addition, the energy for our offshore fixing work on the wind installation vessels will be supplied by our own battery containers charged overnight with renewable energy from the wind farms.”

In June, EnerVenue has agreed to supply 460 MWh of its batteries to Sonnell Power Solutions for large-scale renewable and storage applications in Puerto Rico. In May, Pine Gate purchased 2.4 GWh of batteries from the company. In the spring of 2021, the company signed its first major distribution deal with Towngas of Hong Kong.

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