Local Linlithgow Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, who is also deputy Convener of the Net Zero Scottish Parliament Committee has commended Invinity Energy Systems (LSE:IES) in Bathgate for their clean energy technology at a visit to the facility this week. (25th August).
Invinity manufactures utility-grade energy storage systems which utilise patented Vanadium Flow Battery (or “VFB”) technology to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy globally. To date, the company has over 25 megawatt-hours (MWh) of its batteries installed or under contract for delivery at more than 40 sites worldwide, including high profile projects in Scotland, England, the USA and Australia.
The company’s Bathgate facility plays a crucial role in assembling the battery systems for export to customers around the world. In line with growing demand for its products, Invinity has more than doubled its production capacity in the past year, taking advantage of the high quality pool of labour present in the M8 corridor to create more than 25 new ‘green’ jobs in the West Lothian area. That includes many former oil and gas sector workers applying their skills to develop Invinity’s clean energy technology, supporting a burgeoning renewable energy economy in Scotland.
“I was very impressed by my visit to the Invinity Energy Facility. The progress of the company over recent years has created local job opportunities and grown new skills in the renewable energy industry which are essential to tackle the climate crisis and support our economic recovery from the pandemic.
“The Scottish Government aims to have 50% of our energy produced from renewable energy sources by 2030 and it is technology like this that will enable us to create a reliable energy system, whilst developing vital skills and jobs to lead the international roll out of clean technology.
“As global leaders attend the COP26 conference in Glasgow, it is exciting to see this facility in my constituency export innovative energy technology to support renewable energy around the world.”
Larry Zulch, CEO, Invinity Energy Systems said,
“The past 18 months have been transformational for Invinity as we successfully established our ability to produce the first flow battery shipping globally as a standardized, factory-built product.
“The team at our Bathgate facility has been essential to the progress we’ve made as a company, a testament to their skills and commitment. Our expanding presence in Bathgate creates new jobs, supports the local economy and helps accelerate the national push towards green energy and green skills.
“Taking low-cost, low-carbon, but fundamentally intermittent energy and making it dispatchable through the use of large-scale, utility-grade energy storage is vital to achieving net-zero by 2050. We’re looking forward to continuing to expand our operational footprint in Scotland and internationally as flow batteries increasingly become recognised as a leading solution to meeting aggressive climate targets.”
Notes for Editor
With a working life of over 20 years, VFBs are significantly more durable than more common lithium-ion batteries making them well suited to the heavy, daily use required to make inherently intermittent renewable generation available on demand. VFBs also differ from lithium-ion batteries by being inherently non-flammable, nearly 100% recyclable and not containing so-called ‘conflict minerals’ such as cobalt.
Invinity has so far agreed deals to install its technology in the world’s biggest energy storage markets including California, Australia and across the UK. Projects incorporating Invinity’s batteries are projected to save over 22,000 tonnes of CO2 this year alone and include a world first urban decarbonisation project in Oxford, producing green hydrogen from tidal power in the Orkneys and creating Australia’s first ‘dispatchable’ solar power plant.