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My home Redflow ZBM2 energy system installation by Simon Hackett

Blog post extracted from Simon Hackett’s blog: Thoughts from the field 
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Here is some information about my home energy storage installation.

  • 2 x 10kWh Redflow ZBM2 zinc-bromide hybrid flow batteries
  • Redflow ZCell BMS
  • 2 x 5000VA Victron Energy inverter/chargers
  • 10 kWp solar panel array in four strings using 2 x SMA 5000-TL inverters
  • Victron Energy CCGX configured for solar self-consumption (Hub-4)

The live system (with performance charts) can be viewed here: https://vrm.victronenergy.com/site/share/a2040765

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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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Rooftop solar could threaten SA’s energy security

Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Broadcast: 21/11/2016 | Reporter: Alex Mann

Following the state-wide blackout earlier this year, experts warn that another threat to South Australia’s energy security could come from the rapid uptake in rooftop solar.

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A visit to Standard Solar – post extracted from Whirlpool

The following blog post has been extracted from Whirlpool.net.au with permission from its writer James Bishop: 

I visited Standard Solar see link to RFX [Redflow] and to his [James Graham’s] company website

James [Graham, Standard Solar CEO] is not a share trader. His options included and solar product or any of the battery technologies. He choose RFX not the other way around. He has pre sold all of his order from RFX.

In short. James has two ZBMs running with a GoodWe ES series inverter. He can access and see batteries via his phone or computer using secure ZCELL link. He can access the batteries also via the GoodWe  inverter management software on line or on his computer.

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Vic, NSW gas bans’making SA issue worse’

Written by Australian financial Review, Simon Evans

South Australian Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis says bans and moratoriums
in Victoria and NSW on onshore gas exploration are exacerbating a shortage of gas in the national market as he puts a deadline of December 6 on a $24 million carrot for gas explorers in his home state.

The SA Treasurer and Energy Minister is trying to inject some extra gas
supply into the market with a package that includes grants for companies
unlocking gas reserves in the state, providing those gas supplies are offered to the SA market first It is an attempt to increase the competition
in the market and to boost the supply of affordable gas to South Australian
gas-fired generators in a bid to lower electricity prices in South Australia,
which are the highest in the nation. Continue reading “Vic, NSW gas bans’making SA issue worse’”

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Conservation SA conserving energy with ZCell battery installation

Written by ITWire, Peter Dinham

South Australia’s peak environmental organisation, Conservation SA, has installed two ZCell batteries to charge an electric car and to provide energy for emergency lighting and data centre back-up for its office.

Redflow, the developer of the ZCell batteries, says this first installation of ZCell batteries for commercial premises allows Conservation SA to store energy collected from a 13 kilowatt (kW) array of Tindo solar panels on the roof of its building, The Joinery, in central Adelaide.

The installation follows Redflow’s announcement last week of its first ZCell residential deployment at the home of Google Australia’s Alan Noble at his Willunga property in South Australia. As well as providing back-up power for Conservation SA’s emergency lighting and first floor data centre, the ZCells will charge the GoGet electric vehicle that is based at the site. Continue reading “Conservation SA conserving energy with ZCell battery installation”

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Conservation SA installs first ZCell batteries

By Technology Decisions, Dylan Bushell-Embling

South Australia’s peak environmental organisation Conservation SA has
installed its first two ZCell batteries to provide energy for a data centre backup and emergency lighting system for its office.

The first installation of the Australian-developed ZCell batteries at a commercial building will allow the peak body to store energy collected from an array of Tindo solar panels on the roof of its building in central Adelaide.

Conservation SA will also use the batteries to charge the GoGet electric vehicle based at its Adelaide site. Continue reading “Conservation SA installs first ZCell batteries”

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Are flow batteries the future of home energy storage? Q&A with Redflow’s Simon Hackett

RedFlow’s ZCell is one of the most is one of the most in-demand battery storage products on the Australian market; it also stands out for being one of the only ‘flow batteries‘ currently available. Solar Choice had the opportunity to catch up with RedFlow CEO Simon Hackett about the role of flow batteries (and the ZCell) in Australia’s energy transformation, in the process discussing how the ZCell compares to the vast array of lithium-based batteries sweeping the market. Our conversation is included below. Continue reading “Are flow batteries the future of home energy storage? Q&A with Redflow’s Simon Hackett”

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Tesla Powerwall demand jumps 30 times after blackouts

by Financial Review, Simon Evans
Demand for Tesla’s Powerwall home storage batteries has jumped more than 30 times at some large installers after power blackouts in two states.

Installers say “blackout proofing” has become a new buzzword among householders.

The surge in inquiries about home storage battery systems has been almost overwhelming as it adds a new level of demand from customers previously focused on environmental considerations and reducing power bills from weaning themselves off the traditional electricity grid.

Natural Solar managing director Chris Williams, who runs a national firm with its headquarters in Sydney, said the biggest jump had been in South Australia and Victoria, but demand had spiked across the country after the blackouts put the future of electricity grids and renewable energy sharply into the national spotlight.

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SA, Qld back solar storage

by David Frith

MELBOURNE – South Australia is not the only State putting a new effort into promoting future use of renewable energy. Victoria’s Energy Minister Lily d’Ambrosio has said her State also will prioritise use of batteries to store renewable energy and grid-stabilising technologies. The news comes as Australian company Redflow begins marketing Oz-designed (though US-built) batteries for home and business use, to enable greater reliance on renewable energy. Continue reading “SA, Qld back solar storage”