Beyond the Grid – Australian Geographic

“Australians are harnessing nature’s power, making their homes greener, saving money, and breaking free from the grip of the big electricity companies. The grid as we know it is changing forever.”

Australian innovators aren’t missing this opportunity, either. Brisbane-based company Redflow is working on big batteries for commercial applications. But in June they also brought out a household battery about the size of an air-conditioning unit. “The footprint is very good for the amount of energy it holds, “says chief executive Stuart Smith. “If you compare it with the Tesla battery, the amount of energy per square centimetre is very similar.”

All of this solar and battery-storage technology means that the way Australians have received power for much of our history is about to change. For the past 100 years, electricity has been on a one-way journey. At one end are the generators, in the middle are the retailers, and on the end is us, the consumers, trying to remember to switch off the light as we leave the room. Electricity is generated in large power stations. Coal is the main source of Australia s electricity, with a fair chunk from gas, and a small, but a growing proportion from wind and other renewables. Continue reading “Beyond the Grid – Australian Geographic”

Stuart Smith Redflow CEO

Redflow batteries could one day power entire towns

TUCKED away inside a nondescript industrial shed in Brisbane’s western suburbs, rows of box-like batteries that could one day power entire towns are quietly humming away. Engineers at homegrown renewable energy company Redflow are hoping these hi-tech “flow” batteries will relegate the traditional power grid to history.

Unlike traditional lead acid or lithium batteries, the new generation batteries being tested at Redflow’s research centre can discharge 100 per cent of their power, making them perfect for storing energy from wind and solar. Since wind and solar energy cannot provide power around the clock, more efficient storage systems in the form of batteries are being developed to fill the gap. Lithium-ion batteries, used in Tesla electric cars, are perhaps the best known but flow batteries are quickly catching up.

Read on via the Courier Mail 

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Household batteries flick the switch for a smart electricity grid

Source: Featured in The Australian Friday 12/02/2016

There’s a popular belief that the looming presence of batteries in people’s homes will lead to the widespread defection of those customers from the power grid.

In this view, living the dream means grid-independence where you harvest your own energy, one-finger salute the power companies and, when grid power fails for others in the street, your battery keeps the party going at your house.

While cuffing the power cord sounds good in theory, in practice consumers gain many more advantages from staying connected to the grid

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Energy boost

Source: Featured in Mining Chronicle February, 2016

As commodity prices continue falling to record lows, miners are increasingly looking for ways to maintain their profitability or even viability by reducing operating costs and improving productivity.

According to Australian energy storage specialist Redflow, a combination of renewable energy and onsite power storage can improve cost-effectiveness at remote minesites…

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Rule empire of the sun with home solar storage

Source: Featured in Courier Mail Friday 12/02/2016

POWER bills could be torn up as more consumers go off the grid with the launch of new solar power batteries this year.

Queensland energy company RedFlow yesterday unveiled plans for their new residential batteries that allow homes to store solar power and tap into excess energy when weather takes a turn instead of relying on back-up energy from the grid…

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Off-grid suburb a ‘perfect storm’ for energy giants – via Sydney Morning Herald

Australian energy companies are facing a “perfect storm” as renewable alternatives are hastening the move to off-grid electricity.

Earlier this month US energy giant Brookfield announced it had signed a deal with property group LWP to build a new suburb near Newcastle, NSW, powered entirely off-grid, challenging incumbent industries to adapt or perish.

The move has enormous implications for rural and regional communities throughout Australia where the tyranny of distance has often led to towns becoming stranded at the far end of a very long energy line.

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Redflow welcomes Tesla to the battery market, as investors including Graeme Wood and Simon Hackett pour in another $16 million

Redflow has welcomed the entry of US electric car maker Tesla to the large-scale battery market, after investors poured an additional $16.1 million into the zinc-bromide module (ZBM) maker.

The startup raised approximately $9.7million, along with a $6.4 million entitlement offer. The entitlement offer allowed existing shareholders to purchase one new share for every seven they already owned.

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RedFlow and SMS Global Technologies – Supply Agreement and Trial

RedFlow is pleased to announce it has entered into a supply agreement with SMS Global Technologies, Inc based in the Philippines.

An initial order has also been placed for 2 batteries to enable SMS to develop a flow battery storage solution for off-grid telecommunication applications in the Philippines in conjunction with their customer, Globe Telecom, Inc.  A field trial will commence in May 2014.

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RedFlow’s Ausgrid Trial Features in RenewEconomy Article

“… The full results of the suburban battery storage program, which used batteries from Australian developer RedFlow about the size of a small fridge, have not been released.

But Myors said the program showed that the technology was reliable and customer acceptance was good.   One of the key challenges was making sure that the storage was able to dispatch for the entire peak period. “Peak lasts for a certain number of hours. You don’t want battery to run out of puff, because you will the lose benefit for the network …”

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