Bushveld Minerals Limited (LON:BMN) has advanced the acquisition of Austrian group Enerox as part of a consortium.
The buyers signed an initial sale and purchase agreement and acquired, in equal proportions, 24.9% of Enerox for €150,000 from CellCube Energy Storage Systems.
In addition, they invested €600,000 in Enerox to fund ongoing working capital, with three further monthly payments of €300,000 to February which will bring the total initial investment to €1.65mln.
Bushveld, a vanadium producer, last month announced plans to acquire the Austrian group, one of the world's foremost makers of vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFB).
VFRBs are used for large-scale energy storage, including utility, commercial, industrial and residential applications, thanks to having lower risk of fire compared to other solid-state batteries.
Bushveld said it will contribute no more than 50% of the funds invested by the consortium, to which it is considering adding more investors.
“Bushveld's participation in this investment enhances our VRFB investment platform, while providing additional strength to the company's vertical integration strategy, supporting VRFB adoption and helping to grow the overall vanadium market,” chief executive Fortune Mojapelo said in a release.