Household batteries flick the switch for a smart electricity grid

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 cutting the power cord sounds good in theory, in practice consumers gain many more advantages from staying connected to the grid.. Read Redflow Executive Chairman Simon Hackett’s column about the battery revolution in The Australian.

 

Brisbane firm Redflow plugs into home solar battery market

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 has unveiled plans for its new residential batteries which allow homes to store solar power and tap into excess energy when weather takes a turn instead of relying on backup energy from the grid. Read Jacinda Tutty’s full article for Brisbane’s Courier-Mail here

 

Sparks could fly as Tesla faces Aussie battery rival

A seasoned Australian entrepreneur is taking the fight to Tesla’s Elon Musk by marketing an alternative to his popular Powerwall. Tesla’s Powerwall battery lets consumers store solar panel ­energy and off-peak mains ­energy for later use, and is proving extremely popular. However, Mr Musk won’t have the sunny Australian market to himself. Yesterday Simon Hackett, a well known entrepreneur and executive chairman of battery ­solutions firm Redflow said his company would next month launch its battery for home use. Delivery would be midyear. Read the full article at the Australian 

 

Off-grid suburb a ‘perfect storm’ for energy giants

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. Simon Hackett, chair of RedFlow —an Australian company that designs off-grid batteries — told Fairfax the Australian energy industry is facing a “perfect storm”. “The combination of high energy prices, widespread deployment of photovoltaic solar panels (PV), a ready supply of sunshine and the looming presence of widespread, affordable and effective energy storage systems is encouraging customers to look for other ways to supply their energy needs,” he said. Read the full story at the Sydney Morning Herald

SNS Fire conference names Redflow a 2015 FiReStarter Company

Strategic News Service (SNS) selected Redflow has been selected as a 2015 FiReStarter company for the 13th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. Described by The Economist as “the best technology conference in the world,” FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Craig Venter, Michael Dell, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Mark Hurd, Paul Jacobs, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their innovations and their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at an exclusive investor reception at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS. Read the full story at MarketWatch