Lockheed Martin Energy is seeking development and manufacturing partners in the solar energy industry in advance of its plans to roll out its long-duration flow battery at the end of 2018.

The company is already well established in development of lithium ion technology.
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“We’re in this market already with Li-ion, we know what investors expect so we’re fully prepared to offer long-term warranties, long-term performance guarantees, you have to,” said John Battaglini director of business development for Lockheed Martin Energy told PV Tech website. “We know the requirements, the company has made a sizeable investment and we’re committed to this technology.”

“The four primary applications we see for long-duration energy storage are wind and solar shifting, T&D deferral and microgrids,” added Battaglini. “As more renewables come online the first two will only increase. We’re targeting wind and solar developers directly but we also want to talk to solar and wind manufacturers, we’re seeing a lot more hybrid systems coming into the market. Not just sharing and interconnect but an integrated system. When you look at these four applications, there is clearly a lot of demand for long-duration storage in the next 5-10 years.”

“We acquired [MIT spin-out] Sun Catalytix in 2014 and we have been investing in that product for four years now. We have prototypes up and running at our Massachusetts facility and we are targeting a commercial launch of the product in late 2018,” Battaglini said on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi.

Battaglini claimed its flow systems will be price competitive “right out of the gate” and expects that cost to continue to fall.