RedFlow raises $16.7M with large investor appetite

Redflow (ASX:RFX) has received strong shareholder support in raising $7 million in an oversubscribed pro-rata non-renounceable entitlement offer. The company accepted some oversubscriptions as the initial plan was to raise $6.4 million. The raising was priced at $0.20 and also comprised a A$9.7 million placement, for a total raise of around $16.7 million. Shares last traded a $0.23, a premium to the offer. Redlow produces a unique modular zinc-bromide flow battery which provides cost effective, safe energy utilisation and storage.. Read more at Proactive Investors

Hackett powers ahead with RedFlow at Base64

Technology entrepreneur Simon Hackett today reveals plans to enhance Base64, his $7 million renovated office complex built around an historic Adelaide mansion, by installing Australian-developed energy storage and management systems. The core of the system will contain high energy density zinc-bromide flow batteries supplied by pioneering Brisbane-based energy storage company Redflow. Base64 has ordered a RedFlow LSB (Large Scale Battery) unit, a six-metre shipping container-style storage system that uses 60 RedFlow “ZBM3” 11-kilowatt hour (kWh) flow batteries to achieve a total storage capacity of 660 kWh. Read more at Impress Media

Redflow cost per kWh drops 40% as energy throughput doubles

Redflow’s (ASX:RFX) market leading zinc-bromide flow batteries are now available in commercial quantities following completion of the transition of manufacturing to Flextronics. Supply chain transition had been completed and Flextronics (NASDAQ:FLEX) – a US$6.8 billion market cap. – has provided competitive turnkey pricing with effect from 1st March 2015 which the company has accepted. The energy storage and delivery cost over the useful life of these two new products decreases very significantly from the current ZBM. Read more at Proactive Investors

NBNco director Simon Hackett joins Redflow board

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Left to right: Simon Hackett (RedFlow Non-executive Director) and Howard Stack (RedFlow Non-Executive Chairman)

RedFlow is proud to announce that Internode founder and NBNco director Simon Hackett has joined the board of RedFlow (ASX:RFX), as a non-executive director.

Simon assumed his new role at the RedFlow Annual General Meeting which was held in Brisbane on 21 November 2014. The highly regarded technology investor made an investment of $2.2 million into RedFlow this May, adding to a portfolio of innovative Australian technology businesses, including AvSoft and UltraServe.

Simon said he was delighted to join the RedFlow board. “RedFlow offers a truly disruptive technology that can contribute strongly to the renewable energy revolution,” he said.

RedFlow is a market leader, being one of the first companies to install fully operational and functional zinc-bromide modules (ZBMs) into a range of stationary energy applications. The ZBM’s capability of daily deep charge and discharge makes it ideal for storing and shifting intermittent renewable energy, managing peak load on the grid and supporting off-grid (‘island’) power systems.

“After a long period of research and development work to create the ZBM solution, RedFlow is now in full commercial production of their battery systems. The time is right for RedFlow – and for the renewable energy sector. I’m excited to be a part of it,” said Simon.

As a leader in the telecommunications industry, recently receiving the Charles Todd Medal for excellence, Simon is welcomed to the board by RedFlow Chairman Howard Stack.

Howard said: “Simon’s experience with developing and commercialising disruptive technologies with global applications, combined with his entrepreneurial skills, will be invaluable to RedFlow as we move into our commercialisation phase. This is a strategic appointment for RedFlow and we look forward to Simon’s contributions.”

Simon founded Internode in 1991, growing it to become Australia’s largest privately owned broadband company by 2011, when he sold it to ASX-listed iiNet.

He was a non-executive director of iiNet from August 2012 until November 2013, when he stepped down to become a non-executive director on the board of NBNCo Limited. For more about Simon’s background, visit https://www.simonhackett.com/about.

Significant patent granted to Redflow

Redflow Limited (ASX: RFX) is pleased to advise that the Australian Commissioner of Patents has granted Australian standard patent number 2008232296 for a “Cell Stack for a Flowing Electrolyte Battery” to Redflow. The patent grants a 20 year monopoly to RedFlow including the rights to prevent competitors from making, using and selling flowing electrolyte batteries having a new and inventive battery cell stack architecture in Australia. This patent is also being registered in a significant number of other countries. Redflow’s patented cell stack architecture enables improved robustness and efficiency, and reduced size and weight of flowing electrolyte batteries. Click here to download the report.

RedFlow launches $17.5M IPO to list on ASX

RedFlow Limited, a leading Australian electricity storage company, today launched its $17.5 million Initial Public Offering (IPO) ahead of an Australian Securities Exchange listing.

RedFlow is at the forefront of ‘game changing’ electricity storage technology, which stores conventional or solar electricity for release during periods of peak demand, with the aim of reducing distribution costs and helping to ease pressure on retail electricity price rises.

RBS Morgans, a leading Australian stockbroker, is lead managing and fully underwriting the share offering.

The application price of the IPO is $1 per share. The proceeds will go directly towards expanding production and sales of RedFlow’s packaged energy storage systems that are based around its proprietary zinc-bromine battery modules (ZBMs).

RedFlow CEO Phil Hutchings said the IPO Prospectus clearly demonstrated the company’s growth plans, its expanded range of business relationships with leading companies and independent reports on both RedFlow’s ZBM and market opportunities.

“We are particularly pleased to highlight our recent agreement with Jabil Circuit, Inc. for much larger scale production of ZBMs and our associated power electronics. This will allow us to meet customer demand and assist in reducing our unit costs while maintaining high quality,” Mr Hutchings said.

“Since the business was founded in 2005, we’ve moved steadily forward with our products which are now of a commercial standard,” he said. “Our electricity storage systems are currently in demonstration use with power utilities in Australia and New Zealand and will soon be in several other countries. We will use the funds from the IPO to boost our manufacturing and ongoing product development program.”

The demand for global energy storage is growing due to increasing costs of electricity distribution – electricity grids are ageing and suitable technology has not previously been available to time-shift demand or supply in locations close to
consumers.

The global energy storage market for grid connected applications by electricity utilities and for off-grid applications for use in rural locations is expected to grow rapidly over the next decade.

In response, RedFlow has doubled its staff over the past 18 months. It currently employs 49 people in Australia, including 15 degree-qualified engineers, and has representation in the USA. Its foundation customers include EnergyAustralia, Ergon Energy and Powerco (New Zealand).

Mr Hutchings also said that RedFlow’s Phase Two ZBM factory, opened by the Queensland Treasurer on 10th August, has recently moved to working two 10 hour daily shifts to meet ZBM demand.

“The proceeds from the IPO will allow us to commit to the much larger Phase Three ZBM factory for opening in mid-2011,” Mr Hutchings said. “RedFlow is also leasing additional factory space for an expanded systems assembly facility.”

The IPO Prospectus can be downloaded from the company’s website at www.redflow-2015-sayhitovincent-1.c9.io.au. The offer of shares will be made in the Prospectus. The Prospectus should be considered in full if investors are deciding whether to acquire shares in RedFlow. RedFlow will only accept applications for shares that are made on the application form accompanying the printed Prospectus.

The IPO Offer is scheduled to close on 29th November, 2010 and this date may be varied or brought forward.

RedFlow is applying for listing on the ASX and has reserved the stock code RFX.

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