POWER TO PEOPLE: Forum co-ordinator Vicki Brooke and Solar Depot Bellingen‘s Geoff Tosio showcase the world-first ZCell battery. PHOTO: TREVOR VEALE

Solar power ‘revolution’ on north coast

THE future of solar energy on the Coffs Coast was put into question on Friday when representatives from industry and government came together at the sixth North Coast Energy Forum.

The forum aimed to dispel doubts surrounding solar energy in the lead-up to the NSW solar bonus scheme ending in December. The forum discussed how solar batteries are shifting the energy system from a centralised to a localized model, meaning power is returning to the people.

Vicki Brooke, co-ordinator of the forum, said the aim was to achieve solutions in the face of a renewable energy “revolution”. “It’s a real game-changer now. The momentum for renewables is so strong that we are going to have our revolution,” she said. The forum showcased batteries from local energy groups such as the Bellingen Shire Electricity Alliance and Repower Coffs.

Speakers included Adam Marshall MP, NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy. Geoff Tosio, renewable energy consultant from Solar Depot Bellingen, said solar energy now costed much less than coal. “There was a recent solar farm that achieved a price that’s half that of coal. “The game is up and it’s changing worldwide,” he said. Mr Tosio presented the ZCell, the first 10-year 100% discharge and 0% degradation battery.

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Redflow CEO speaks at FiRe 2015

Redflow CEO Stuart Smith spoke at the 13th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference of global thought leaders, on October 7, 2015 at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, Utah, in the US. The following notes summarise the themes addressed in his presentation. Learn more about Redflow atwww.redflow.com.

Good afternoon – I am Stuart Smith CEO of Redflow from Australia which manufactures the worlds smallest flow battery.

Elon Musk has recently referred to the sun as “a handy fusion reactor in the sky” which shows up every day and produces ridiculous amounts of energy so much so that only 40 minutes of the suns energy will provide the total annual energy consumption for every person.

As a result, solar PV installations have thrived but that only addresses energy usage when the sun is shining.  Time-shifting power from solar arrays, through suitable storage, would enable the sun to become our biggest and most reliable generator.

We could replace dirty fossil-fuel baseload power generators, would have no downtime for maintenance, no extra CO2 emissions and no impact on the environment.

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Redflow CEO set to fire up US conference

The CEO of Australian energy storage trailblazer Redflow, Stuart Smith, will next week inform a global gathering of industry leaders about its breakthrough battery technology.

Mr. Smith said soaring power bills, fossil fuel-related emissions from power plants and intermittent power supply were just a few of the problems that affordable energy storage could solve. “Time-shifting the power harvested from renewable energy supplies and reducing peak demand have a massive potential to cut our carbon emissions and at the same time actually reduce the cost of the power we pay for,” he said… Read more

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Redflow’s High Energy Density Battery Enters the European Market

Redflow – pioneer in long-life, cost-effective and safe energy storage flow batteries – has announced its entry into the European market.

Redflow is the first energy storage company to enter large-scale commercial manufacturing through global giant, Flextronics. “As we expand worldwide, we know our battery technology is ideal for applications required by the European market, such as on and off grid remote rural power, telecommunications BTS sites, utility energy, commercial applications, and renewable integration,” said Stuart Smith, Redflow CEO.

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Redflow at EES Intersolar 2015 booth B1.232

ees the international exhibition for batteries, energy storage system and innovative production

ees Europe is the industry hotspot for suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and users of stationary and mobile electrical energy storage solutions. It takes place annually in conjunction with Intersolar Europe, the world’s leading exhibition for the solar industry, in Munich, Germany.

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