Allye and AeroVolt bring battery energy storage systems to airports

  • Battery technology startup, Allye, has launched its first Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at an airfield, allowing on-site vehicles and electric light aircraft to be charged at a lower cost and without grid constraints.
  • The company will install its MAX battery system – a smart energy storage solution – at Dunkeswell Aerodrome in Devon, which comes in conjunction with the installation of AeroVolt chargers.
  • The MAX is greener at the production stage too, using recycled battery packs from electric vehicles – which saves around 7 tonnes of CO2 for every battery pack which is reused.

Allye’s first paying customer, AeroVolt, marks a step towards cleaner air travel

AeroVolt is a smart aircraft charging network, which aims for air travel to be fully electrified, and the agreement starts with the installation Allye’s MAX battery storage system at an Aerodrome in Devon for an initial six months. This will consist of both aircraft chargers and destination chargers for EVs.

After this period, the two companies will explore other smart charging locations where battery storage would be beneficial. Due to the rural location of the first installation, grid constraints would conventionally hamper the ability to charge up on-site EVs and aircraft, but the installation of this system ensures reliable charging at any time. Allye also says that the installation of these storage systems will help speed up the growth of AeroVolt’s charging infrastructure.

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The system could also save money for aerodrome operators and aircraft owners too, as the algorithms used within the MAX battery storage system have the potential to reduce energy bills by up to 50%. The benefits of a BESS installation go beyond airfields, as we’ve seen similar technology utilised at on-road EV charging stations, such as at GRIDSERVE’s Cornwall super hub.

Commenting on the installation, CEO and Co-Founder of Allye, Jonathan Carrier, said:

“This is a significant milestone for Allye since we started our journey in March 2023. It underscores our hard work to date and reinforces our motivation to be the Allye of the energy transition, no matter what use case for our smart battery systems. The fact that the Max is being used on such an energy intense sector as electric air travel proves how robust our technology is, and how versatile too.”

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