Redflow has undertaken electricity storage system installations directly with end users, such as utilities and research organisations, for demonstration and trial purposes.
Powerco is New Zealand’s second-largest electricity distribution company with around 315,000 customers. Its energy distribution networks spread across the upper central, central and lower areas of New Zealand’s North Island.
Powerco won the Electricity Innovation Award at the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards in August 2011 for its BASEPOWER stand-alone units. The core of the BASEPOWER product is RedFlow’s integrated battery energy storage units, combined with a high quality diesel generation plant. BASEPOWER packages these with solar panels to provide clean power supply units.
Powerco is RedFlow’s exclusive distributor in New Zealand, through its related company BASEPOWER. An overview of BASEPOWER’s application of RedFlow’s ZBMs can be found here.
Ausgrid and the Australian Government
Ausgrid is a major utility in New South Wales Australia. In conjunction with the Australian Government’s Smart Grid, Smart City trial, RedFlow installed sixty R510 residential energy storage units in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley as part of the Australian Government’s Smart Grid, Smart City project. RedFlow’s involvement with this part of the project extended from late 2011 to mid-2013.
Another R510 was also installed as part of the Newington Smart Home sub-project. RedFlow began its involvement with this trial in 2010 with a lead-acid energy storage system, after which the system was upgraded to an R510 in late 2011 before ending its time at the Smart Home in mid-2013. Information about this trial can be found on the Smart Home resident family’s blog.
Please see the Smart Grid, Smart Cities R510 Case Study for more information regarding RedFlow’s experience with Australian utility, Ausgrid, of the design, installation and operation of 61 R510 electricity storage systems in New South Wales, Australia. RedFlow’s Whitepaper also provides an overview of key results and lessons learnt from the project.
Ergon Energy Corporation
Ergon Energy is the Queensland Government-owned electricity distributor to regional Queensland, with an asset base of $8 billion and more than 650,000 residential and business customers.
RedFlow supplied 30 ZBM systems for installation and integration within the Ergon Energy electricity supply network, as part of the Australian Government’s Advanced Electricity Storage Technologies (AEST) program. The systems were used for managing peak electricity demand within three locations in Ergon Energy’s rural network and were remotely monitored by both RedFlow and Ergon Energy.