Elestor will move to the newly developed ‘Powerlab’, located at the Arnhem Buiten Energy Business Park. The 1500 m2 facility is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories originally developed by DEKRA. Powerlab will become a cleantech innovation hotspot, combining the efforts of Alliander, Tennet, DNV GL and NRG (all located at the Energy Business Park). Knowledge exchange and education form an integral part of Powerlab. The HAN University of Applied Sciences, SEECE (Sustainable Electrical Energy Centre of Expertise) and Kenniscentrum Bètatechniek will join forces to allow students to get hands-on experience in developing clean energy technology.
Elestor founder Wiebrand Kout commented: “It is really exciting to be the first user of Powerlab. The facilities are perfect for what Elestor does, and there are many relevant industrial and academic partners involved. Powerlab is the right place to be for Elestor and I am looking forward to a succesfull cooperation.”
Autodesk, a leader in 3D design and engineering software, has selected Elestor to become a member of the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program. Under the agreement Elestor has free use of Autodesk software for a period of three years. Autodesk products that Elestor now uses include: Autodesk Product Design Suite Ultimate, Autodesk Fusion 360 and Autodesk Simulation CFD Motion.
“Clean tech companies like Elestor are adressing some of the most important challenges facing our world today, “ said Catherine Doyle, global lead of Autodesk’s Clean Tech Initiative. “We are proud to support their growth and success through the Autodesk Clean Tech Partner Program.”
Elestor founder Wiebrand Kout commented: “We are really gratefull that Autodesk allows us to use their world-class CAD and engineering software. I have fifteen years of experience in 3D CAD design, and I am impressed by the quality and efficiency of the latest Autodesk products. The software allows us to do a lot of prototyping in the virtual world, resulting in a much faster development process.”
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The Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO has awarded a R&D grant to Elestor under its MIT feasibility programme.
The GROVE project (Dutch: Goedkope, Robuuste Opslag Van Elektriciteit) will investigate the technical and economic opportunities for large scale implementation of Megawatt-scale Elestor flow batteries in smart grids. A second research topic is the possible integration with thermal storage.
The project will be completed before May 2015.
Elestor BV (Ltd.) is now formally registered at the chamber of commerce in Arnhem, The Netherlands.
KIC InnoEnergy Benelux played an important role in the creation of the company, and supported Elestor in many ways. A thorough analysis of the business model, which included asking the advice of the extensive pan-European partner network, resulted in a clear strategy and market entry channels. This process was guided by an experienced business coach, Jan Caris, who has extensive experience in the overall general management of high-tech industrial operations. Training, market research and funding for prototypes and patents were also provided by KIC InnoEnergy as part of the InnoEnergy Highway programme.